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Trickster's Choice by Tamora Pierce
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Dec 25, 08

Recommended to Heather by: Barbara
Recommended for: fans of Tamora Pierce and colonialism
Read in December, 2008, read count: 1

My initial reaction: what happened to all the good, easy to pronounce names like Jon and George? I seriously dislike a majority of the names in this book. I know Tamora was probably going for something exotic with the whole Raka thing but it was just weird I had a hard time remembering who was who.

As a girl power book, I didn't like it as much as Alanna. Aly seemed to get thing more dropped into her lap than actually fighting for what she wanted, which bothered me. Also, I know she wants to spy like her "Da" but seriously? She has no other ambitions? I didn't relate to her character at all.

So why did I give this book 3 stars? It got bumped up from two only because of Nawat. Perhaps because of the stupid name, he was stupidly funny. One thing Tamora has always been able to do for me is make me laugh and giggle at the awkward romances. And the fact that Nawat keeps trying to "mate-feed" her is hilarious.

Also, the cameo roles of Alanna and George almost made me want to cry. They are not the characters I remember and loved. Maybe I'm just too young to appreciate them in their middle age ...
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Levina  C. Yeah, the names were kind of confusing. But that's no good reason to not like a book.

Diane Quist I so totally agree! Made reading a distraction ....

Melanie I have to say... How many 16 year olds know what they want to do FOREVER? I am 24 and just now going back to graduate school to get certified for what I want to do...

Jillian Great review! You pretty much summed up everything I was feeling but couldn't figure out in my own head.

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Jessica I completely agree about the names and the development of Alanna and George. The names are so distracting. And I'm a linguist! I have no problems picking up new names - it's just that they are too ambiguous in their spelling. I spend the whole time thinking well maybe you say it this way. No maybe that way....argh. I wanted to love this book as much as the first series, but I'm having trouble getting through it. I don't mind Aly. She sounds like a typical teen and no matter how cool Alanna and George used to be, no one can avoid becoming parents who "just don't understand." So the parent - teenager interaction is interesting. Anyway....

Lisa I think the problem wasn't so much the difficult names as that they were all introduced so quickly and so soon. It was difficult to keep them all straight and know who was the most important for the storyline. It made the read harder, at least in the beginning, because I had to try and remember which was who and sometimes backtrack.

Jedi On the Carpet I think that it is a pity that you found the names "difficult" because it shows how limited your experienced with non-white culture is. Names such as Jon etc is very Eurocentric, and I believe that Pierce aims to take you to a foreign land, and I feel that it is very reasonably consistent with the setting. I would be more inclined to agree with Lisa that perhaps the characters were introduced rather quickly.

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