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Staying Dead by Laura Anne Gilman
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Mar 07, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Read from March 07 to 10, 2011

Competently written, albeit completely generic, urban fantasy.

Spunky feisty female protagonist: check.
Calm and collect male partner with mysterious past: check.
Potential romance between the two: check.
Magic powered by electrical current: pretty cool.
A Council of mages: check.
Secret organization that manipulate behind-the-scenes: check.
A variety of magic creature blending into the urban landscape: check.
Dark hints of things to come: check.

Word by word, scene by scene, it is all generic. Plot, characterization, all.

In terms of things happening, not much does. They get a job. They try to complete the job. They do research via computer and mysterious contacts, with loads of take out. Lots and lots and lots of research. And takeout. They meet some complications. They solve complications. The end. Somewhere along the way, they meet a number of villains who I can barely tell apart, whose evil are uncoordinated and barely related, and eventually, so easily dispatched.

An unremarkable read, though not entirely boring. Recommend for when stuck at airport, or a doctor's waiting room. Or jail, I guess.

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03/07/2011 page 223
54.0% "clunky prose, utterly clichéd scene-by-scene proceedings, and so little has happened by this--the half-way point..."

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