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The Last Hot Time by John M. Ford
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Apr 14, 2007

it was ok
bookshelves: 2005, urban-fantasy, dead-tree
Read in August, 2005

This is a relatively short book in the days of scifi-fantasy publishing where most books are around 400 pages minimum. It also manages to pack in a lot behind the seemingly simple plot of gang warfare in the streets of a Shadow Chicago where elves and humans coexist in a world of twisted laws and politics. Ford's writing style, slow and a bit superficial, sets the tone, reminiscent of the old gangster movies of the Depression era. This is intelligent fantasy and Ford appears to make an effort to not have the reader pick out everything the first time through. I'm going to have to read this at least another two times before certain things get cleared up. The characters were great, but I would have liked to have seen them a bit more in-depth than they were portrayed. That, as well as the ambiguity over certain plot points lessened my enjoyment from this book.

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