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A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
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Jul 11, 12

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blurb: Beach reading about (a) a smart historian and an even smarter biologist who have an immediate connection or (b) a witch and a vampire. If you are turned off by (b), don't pick it up. If not, a beach read in the style of Outlander mashed with the Da Vinci Code.

Longer version: There's sparks (literally) between a witch who's a historian and a vampire who's a scientist. There's a big secret book they need to get, and there's varying degrees of support from their family and friends and fellow magical creatures. There's a Dan Brown-ey kind of plot, too, if you like his stuff. The love scenes are better than Brown's and not as good as Diana Gabaldon's. The writing is passable, but it's very long, as she's got to lay the groundwork for the next two books. I enjoyed the Physick Book of Deliverance Dane a bit more, but it's fun reading with interesting characters.

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