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Factotum by D.M. Cornish
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Apr 03, 12

bookshelves: fantasy, ya
Read in April, 2012

I enjoyed this series, but ultimately was frustrated by the story. The author did an incredible amount of world-building but in the end, we didn't really get to know or love any of the characters beyond the mains. I wanted the human elements, and instead got the vocabulary and detail of setting. I wanted the emotional connection and was held at arms length. In the end it felt like looking at a diorama in a museum - detailed, stunningly beautiful, but not a world I was allowed to inhabit.

One other frustration - the vocabulary often re-purposed words, using them for opposite effect from their common usage. For example: an urchin is a very large monster. It was irritating and I feel it distracted from the story.
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