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Beasts of New York by Jon Evans
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May 23, 09

bookshelves: fantasy, fantasy-urban, 2009
Read in May, 2009, read count: 1

I loved this book, in the end; it is exactly what its subtitle says. I couldn't put it down. Although I thought in the beginning the morality lessons were a bit heavy-handed (Kingdom of Madness, dangers of pollution, etc.) for grown-ups, the story just kept sucking me in. After the first hundred pages or so, I stopped noticing the things that had earlier broken my suspension of disbelief. I wish that a few things had been more fleshed out -- the details of the squirrel kingdoms, for example -- but (a) I'm a world-building addict and (b) I understand the POV limitations as well as the fact that not EVERYONE would want an 800-page treatise on the world Evans created.

This is an absolutely charming tale and has really all the aspects of a great bedtime story, except for the part where you'll stay up all night just to read one... more... page!
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05/21/2009 page 100
21.51% "About 25% of the way through. Can't stop reading, though seems a bit heavyhanded at times."
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