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Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines
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Jul 26, 2012

really liked it

Finished this mere moments ago. My gut says four stars, my over-analytical writer's perspective is probably around 3.5 (a few small pacing problems in the middle...nothing like TDKR though...).

I came into the book a Smudge fangirl, and nothing changes my opinion on that. Some of my favorite moments are Smudge-related. It's amazing how much personality a character can have--especially without dialogue! (Wall-E and the cockroach, for example.) I enjoyed most of the characters, and I'm grateful that the lead female has a strong character arc (though Jim rarely has problems in that area). I'm not sure about Issac. I liked him fine...maybe I identified with him more strongly than I expected to. Some of the dialogue felt forced, but not enough to dislocate me from the story.

It's a fun, geeky romp that takes a serious turn. There was no whiplash. It was like driving along the interstate and suddenly realizing you'd passed into another state. I easily located the theme of the book (helpful to be able to highlight on an ereader), and I'm impressed. It's thoughtful, and well-executed. The story never loses touch with its inner child--the child that dreams of wielding a light-saber, eating too much candy, and Firefly marathons.

The magic is just pure fun. I'll be re-reading this book in short order. Will definitely be eagerly anticipating book 2!
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Reading Progress

July 26, 2012 – Shelved
August 8, 2012 – Started Reading
August 8, 2012 –
page 51
16.56% "Thoroughly enjoying this ride. My librarian friends (hint-hint) should really consider this one. ;)"
August 8, 2012 –
page 63
August 8, 2012 –
page 118
38.31% ""Normal?" she repeated. "Yesterday you fed me cake from Wonderland so we could ride your spider into a magical basement and fight a vampire.""
August 9, 2012 – Finished Reading

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