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The Complete Ivory by Doris Egan
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Jun 04, 2012

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bookshelves: dtb-own, fantasy, sci-fi, adventure
Recommended to Michelle by: Jo Walton (tor.com)
Read from August 25 to 31, 2012

somewhere between 3 and 4 stars: each of these books are fun and very well-written, but with overly-leisurely pacing. they're probably better if you don't sit down and chew through all 3 of them in a go, give them a little time to breathe in between stories.

a review by Jo Walton on tor.com got me interested in these:

http://www.tor.com/blogs/2011/06/i-re...

and I agree with most of what she has to say about them. the dialogue is indeed snappy & clever (delightfully so, and nowhere near obnoxious or too smart for its own good), the characterization and voice are really well done. but Jo calls these "guilty pleasures" several times, and I'd disagree with that a lot. I associate that phrase with being over the top, silly, or a little trashy, and the ivory books are none of that. these books read a lot like old b&w movies with Kate Hepburn: the romance is real but genteel (sex is implied rather than described), and there's a lot of situational hijinx to be had.
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