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Snake Agent by Liz Williams
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Jun 05, 2010

did not like it
bookshelves: utter-tripe, detective-mystery, espionage-action, modern-fantasy
Read in January, 2009

The concept of this book is awesome, but the execution is lacking in something. Frankly this book suffered from most of the same problems I had with Kim Harrison's first book. It tries to be too much all at once. Not only is it a police detective for the supernatural/metaphysical world, but this is also some kind of near future cyberpunk-esque world, and neither aspect of the world is handled with any kind of depth or subtlety.

The main characters are cookie-cutterish at best, and the plot was something I saw coming from a mile away. I couldn't finish reading this book, and that is its worst crime of all. I don't like not finishing a book, but the difference from what I read on the back of this book, to what I read inside this book was SO great I couldn't stand it. This plot and world could have been great, instead it comes off like a book written by some one who's primary occupation in life is running a eastern/western magick shop and thought it would be cool to include some of the metaphysical stuff they know about in there ham-fisted attempts at amateur writing. This book gets shunted into the utter tripe shelf, to hang out with such greats as Stephanie Meyer and Jim Butcher.

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Reading Progress

12/10/2009 page 137
51.89% "not sure if I'm going to finish this thing. Its too predictable so far."

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