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City of Dreams & Nightmare by Ian Whates
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Jan 20, 11

it was ok
bookshelves: fantasy, adventure, steampunk
Read from January 04 to 19, 2011

This story is the first of a new series called A City of One Hundred Rows. Thaiburley is an immense city filled with strange creatures, rival gangs of thieves, and a class structure that has the elites living in the higher reaches of the city. Tom, a lowly street-nick witnesses a murder while snooping about in the upper levels. Tylus is a new member of the Kite Guard, an airborne police force. And Kat is mysterious young woman who gets thrown together with Tom as he eludes various pursuers.

I read this through to the end but it was slow going in places. Had a hard time buying the Kite Guard aerobatics. And the characters could have been more fleshed out. Kat was the most interesting one. I also wonder at the wisdom of having so many characters names beginning with T (Tom, Tylus, Ty-Gen, and Thomas -- all different characters). For the most part the suspense just wasn't there.
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Reading Progress

01/04/2011 page 58
13.0% "Have barely begun, but so far this story hits the ground running and my interest is increasing."
01/07/2011 page 119
26.0% "This is pretty cool so far."
01/10/2011 page 184
40.0% "Still enjoying this--a good sign."
01/19/2011 page 354
76.0% "Some ups and downs so far. Hope to finish it soon."
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