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The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard
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it was ok
bookshelves: disappointing, fantasy-unusual, urban-fantasy

I really want to give this more stars. The world-building is gorgeous, the settings atmospheric and much of the writing is both and more, sentence by sentence at least. I loved the concepts, and the blend of multicultural mythology brought to life.

However the characters feel so... distant, and there is such an unemotional tone throughout that I struggled to care even slightly about their fate. I can barely remember most of the names, and there were some really lovely ones too. Much is made of an apparent connection between Philippe and Isabelle, but being told about it simply isn't enough. I didn't feel it - didn't feel much of anything, which is a huge shame. There really is so much potential within the world de Bodard has created, it just... falls flat. Fingers crossed that by the second book the flaws vanish (because there will be a second, and a third - there always is...)
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Reading Progress

June 7, 2015 – Shelved
June 7, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
June 18, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read-next
December 5, 2015 – Started Reading
December 16, 2015 – Shelved as: disappointing
December 16, 2015 – Shelved as: fantasy-unusual
December 16, 2015 – Shelved as: urban-fantasy
December 17, 2015 – Finished Reading

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carol. wow, not the rating i expected. not good, eh?


Arielle Walker I almost found it worse because of how good it could have been. Everything but the characterisation was almost wonderful - but that let it down so, so much for me! I've seen other reviews that say it just needed more, though it's hard to say exactly what...


carol. Ah, those are such hard books to rate and describe. There's cruddy books that are still a fun read so they come out 2-3 stars. Then there's books that could have been awesome, but come out not quite right, so they are still 2-3 stars. Depth was like that for me.


Arielle Walker Exactly! It's so hard to reconcile giving a low rating that supposedly matches some terribly trashy chick-lit or silly crime that's oh-so-fun through all the silliness, when a book like this is leagues ahead but simply misses...

There almost needs to be two side by side star systems!


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