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Black Blood by John Meaney
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Mar 21, 2009

Read in July, 2009

Confusing plot skips around from viewpoint to viewpoint, with scraps of relevant info being let drop casually into the narration like used Kleenex. Also a lot of new characters are introduced, often quite similar to previous characters and not destined for long acquaintance in any case. It's a lot of work to parse this story, man. You have to be motivated, which you'll only be if you loved the first volume in the series.

I get the feeling Meaney is bursting with ideas and plot points, but by cramming so many into one story he erodes much of the macabre charm of the first story's more leisurely exposition. A talented author whose pitches often go wild, I hope he finds his control by the next volume.

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