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The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud
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Mar 13, 12

bookshelves: fiction-2012, young-adult-fiction, fantasy
Read from February 23 to March 13, 2012

A fine addition to the series. What's not to love about the self-assured character of Bartimaeus and his hilarious footnoted comments. The author does well to weave into his story a more serious theme about freedom and slavery which makes it a richer experience than just reading a fun story. I'm sure some will see this story as trite or clichéd, but the author isn't trying to write high-falutin literature, just a good little story with a clear ethical bent to it. You could certainly do worse with all the tripe that abounds on the library shelves these days.

The one negative comment I have is about the author's odd decision to employ the third person once ina while, particularly to describe Bartimaeus in his various forms and situations. It is jarring. The character is already addressing the reading directly, so just let him describe himself, as he sometimes does. Someone should speak to his editor...
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03/11/2012 page 230
58.0% "I guess I'm just a sucker for a book with footnotes..."

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