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Swords and Scoundrels by Julia Knight
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did not like it

DNF, but it was more like C(ould)NF. The prose is terrible; too much description and enough exposition in monster-length paragraphs to make Robert Jordan blush.

I'm not convinced Julia Knight has taken onboard the vital "show, don't tell" thing that helps other novels be engaging. Apparently it's not enough for our brother-sister protagonists to speak and act in certain ways, but they've got to be described laboriously in introspective text that is as boring to read as it was for me to just describe. Yes, Vocho, we get it, you're the scamp and your sister's the responsible one. STOP REPEATING YOURSELF OVER IT. ONE OVER-DESCRIPTION OF CHARACTER IS ENOUGH.

Setting had some interesting bits, but the book over-explains things so tediously that it's nigh-impossible to notice. Reckon I'll give Trudi Canavan a go instead.
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Started Reading
October 9, 2015 – Shelved
October 9, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
October 9, 2015 – Finished Reading
October 28, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read

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