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The Alchemist by Paolo Bacigalupi
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Sep 09, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy
Read on September 09, 2012

I didn't expect to like The Alchemist more than The Executioness, since I didn't like Paolo Bacigalupi's work when I last encountered it, but actually I preferred it by quite a bit. It has a male main character whose life revolves around taking care of his daughter, so in this case I actually enjoyed the protective parent trope. The whole world felt more real to me, too -- I caught on to the ideas quicker. It probably doesn't help that apparently this one is meant to be read first and I did it the other way round; this one does make a better introduction.

The magic system is quite unique, too, which is fascinating -- it's rare for something to surprise me at all in the fantasy genre, and there was something fresh about this one.

Character-wise, I probably liked Tana better, but I preferred the plot of The Alchemist.
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