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Snow by Tracy Lynn
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Aug 06, 09

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Read in August, 2009


This book needed to go through several more drafts to find its feet and work out the rather major kinks. First, Tracy Lynn did not do enough research on the Victorian period. The dialogue was often gaggingly modern, and the world did not seem fully fleshed out - or fully understood by the author. She needed to do more research on the class system, geography, culture, speech, landscape, and, most of all, names.

Naming the Victorian character "Jessica" did not seem to fit at all. Two of the characters complain that it sounds too "plain," but I say it sounds too 20th century. Lynn needed to read some Austen, Bronte and Heyer before writing this to get a better feel of the society she was trying to show.

Lynn comes close to succeeding with the science parts - Snow White as a steampunk novel could be fun, but it doesn't quite come to fruition. A secret society is mentioned once, but they don't get any more development than that, which is a pity. Also, magic is mixed up in the science, and I've seen magic and science mixed together before, but it takes a deft touch to make it work, and here it really doesn't work. I wanted groan every time "the power of love" managed to "break" a mad science experiment.

Basically, Mercedes Lackey did the magic, science, society, and culture better with Gates of Sleep and Serpent's Shadow, and Philip Pullman addressed the London class issues better with Tiger in the Well.

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