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A Stroke of Midnight by Laurell K. Hamilton
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Aug 10, 11

Read in January, 2007

The promising fantasy setting ideas scattered in small doses throughout this book go more or less to waste, in what is essentially a porn novel. The plot seems to have little purpose other than to provide a backdrop (and excuse) for the numerous sex scenes, and there's no room for the story to actually go anywhere, despite the author's apparent efforts. Which, sadly, makes the whole thing kind of pointless. The plot devices Hamilton uses to get her characters into bed with Princess Meredith are so silly at times that it would've been better, and less awkward, if she had just done away with the "plot" altogether.

(Not to mention how annoying it is that the protagonist is so unstable that she's virtually collapsing to the floor in shock every couple of pages or so. She could seriously use a pair of crutches.)

However, the book is not terribly badly written, and if you don't mind the pointlessness (and the fact that the story and characters are about as "deep" as in your average teenage novel), I guess it's not a complete waste of time. I wouldn't necessarily recommend spending any money on it, though.

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