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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
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Mar 31, 08

bookshelves: scifi-fantasy, read-in-2008
Read in March, 2008

Genre: YA urban fantasy

There was too much telling, not enough showing re charactors and their motivations/feelings imo. Also, the adults didn't seem to have any better/more complex/more nuanced/less black-and-white motivations or reasoning behind their actions then the kids did, and seemed to reason like teenagers, despite prior actions being interpretable in more believeable ways.

I got tired of the herione ping-ponging around about what she thought of people, especially people like her mother and Luke whom she'd known and trusted all her life. IMO it takes more to ruin that trust then a single snarky comment, unless the adult was set up to be borderline in the first place, which they weren't. Also, no contempaltion of killing - if half demons are ok to exist, why is it ok to kill-demons-on-sight? Also, I thought the basic mythological underpinnings of the book were trying to have it both ways - based on psudo-christian mythology, but the time-setting for when "long ago" was wasn't long enough for that mythology, and the side comments about other world religions fitting into this framework was a total cop-out imo.

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