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Ink and Steel by Elizabeth Bear
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Oct 15, 08

Read in October, 2008

I found a lot of this confusing and boring. Still, I finished it. But I read it much slower than I am usually able to read. Partly it's just the writing-style, excessively detailed and a whole ton of similes.

The pace is glacial for the first 270 pages. And so many names were thrown out in the beginning that I had to give up on keeping conspirators straight. It didn't help that EVERYBODY was calling themselves The Prometheus Club. I still don't know what 'promethean' is supposed to signify. Anyhow, first 2/3 of the book are this confusing conspiracy in London, last third is all Faerieland Funtimes. Well, not that fun. I dunno, it suddenly seemed like a trashy fantasy novel, which is not bad, I can really enjoy a trashy fantasy novel, but it didn't relate to the first part of the book at all. And the sex scenes were embarrassing to come across while reading on the bus.

It's a relief to be done!

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