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Angry Lead Skies by Glen Cook
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Jan 25, 12

really liked it
bookshelves: own, fantasy, detective-stories
Read in January, 2012

This installment of the Garrett Files has our titular hero facing a puzzling mystery that readers won't have any trouble figuring out. Novels in which fantasy/historical characters are transported to the modern world and have to figure out modern technology (which they describe in terms of their own understanding, so much hilarity ensues) aren't too uncommon. Diana Wynne Jones, in particular, was a master of this technique--see Hexwood, Power of Three, and Howl's Moving Castle for a few. Novels in which a fantasy world is visited by modern humans are less common (though, again, hat tip to Diana Wynne Jones and The Dark Lord of Derkholm). In this case, though, it's aliens--Area 51 big-eyed aliens even--who're troubling Garrett's sleep. My favorite thing about this book is actually the development of ratgirl wunderkind Pular Singe, but the idea of TunFaire experiencing an industrial revolution isn't far behind.
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