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Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch
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Apr 07, 2011

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bookshelves: fantasy-fiction, cover-whitewashing
Read from March 28 to 29, 2011

This was an interesting read to pass the time, but it left me thinking that the viewpoint character doesn't have a lot of self-awareness. Also, the Leslie storyline kind of seems like suffering porn.

I'm still scratching my head over one thing. Even if there was a "gentleman's agreement" not to use magic in World War I (whereas there wasn't one in World War II) guys should still have been signing up for the regular army rather than having "sat that one out." I mean, look at England's demographic problem after that (male/female ratio imbalance). And Walter being sent a white feather in Rilla of Ingleside.
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“When you're a boy your life can be measured out as a series of uncomfortable conversations reluctantly initiated by adults in an effort to tell you things that you either already know or really don't want to know.”
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“He was calling it an atonic seizure because, even if he didn't know why it had happened, it was important to give it a cool name.”
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Reading Progress

03/29/2011 page 128
36.0% "Seriously? Seriously? That sound you heard was the balloon of my suspension of disbelief getting popped by a lawn dart, and then all the air rushing out."

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message 1: by Mrjones (new)

Mrjones The problem with that is if you were in a fight to the death and you knew magic could save your squad and alot of other soldiers wouldn't you use it? So thats why they sat it out. If they had joinef it would have made it worse.

Kelly H. (Maybedog) So I take it he and Leslie bump uglies? A lot?

Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides Actually, not at all as far as I recall. I meant "suffering porn" in the same sense as "food porn." Gratifying an appetite or urge but not necessarily a sexual one. I know that sounds messed up but frankly that whole storyline's messed up if you ask me. (Let me introduce this attractive woman who the protagonist wants to shag but then let me have the villain peel her entire face off. And then let me dwell on the misery and awkwardness of this whole thing but not in a way that is particularly critical of how people in general but women especially are judged on their attractiveness.)

It's been a while since I read these books so I may be misjudging that aspect but honestly that whole thing makes me mad. The unedited version has a good bit of swearing in it. :P

Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides I probably shouldn't have tried to respond to your question at stupid-early-o'clock ... I was trying to say that sometimes people enjoy reading about someone suffering. Especially if the someone is a woman.

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