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Beautiful City of the Dead by Leander Watts
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Feb 06, 2011

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bookshelves: grade-for-2-9-11
Read in October, 2005

I want to say I actually liked this book... But I have grievances. You start with a loner, bass guitar girl and this crazy kid and some brand of music called "ghost metal". The other characters are interesting in their own right, and you get into the author's rhythm quite nicely. Then literally half way through the book, he smacks you over the head with one heck of a twist you never see coming. Twists are nice when they fit the first half. You have had clues, you kind of suspected it, etc. This book just lays you flat with it. Authors make a kind of contract with their readers in the first chapter or two with how the book is going to go. You don't shift that up half way through. As a writer, I hope to better prepare my readers for sudden twist, so that they seemed inevitable after you find out rather then "why are we only just learning about this on page 250?".

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