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Doc Sidhe by Aaron Allston
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Apr 12, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, ebook, noir, faeries
Read from April 09 to 10, 2012

Okay, it might not be the best-written book I've ever read, but it was a hell of a lot of fun, and exactly what I wanted/needed to read at the moment!

Your fairly standard "two twinned worlds" story, with a twist - one world belongs to the fair folk, the traditional fae, and one is ours, and the fair world lags behind activiities in the grim world by a few decades. Which means that, yes, this is a semi-steampunk 1930s-ish noir-esque romp through an alternate pulp-inspired world. It's Dick Tracy come to life, in all its technicolour glory, plus magic and fae and redcaps and two-way televisions and golems.

It is exactly as awesome as that sounds.

The grimworld characters we're supposed to care about are actually quite dull and one-dimensional, although the author gives us just enough of a taste of the nuance of his fairworld characters and their backgrounds that we know he's capable of doing much better. Honestly, I didn't care a whit about Harris, Gaby, their relationship, etc. I loved the fairworlders, and especially the more mysterious ones - the capable and affable Alastair, the elusive Noriko - and wanted to explore their personalities and exploits more. Doc was interesting, although the setup with his arch enemy was pretty predictable, and the arch-enemy himself (and his compatriots) would've been interesting to explore in more depth.

The action scenes were slam-bang, and there was actually a REASON for the main character to be so good at kicking butt, which was nice for a change.

Really, though, the attraction of this book is CLASSIC PULP FAERIES. Read it for that. It's worth it.
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71.0% "This is totally what I wanted to read this week. Awesome."

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