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Flora Segunda by Ysabeau S. Wilce
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Jan 31, 2009

really liked it
Read in January, 2008

This was a book that I really liked, but was always one step shy of being the sort of book I could fall in love with.

So, the gripes first: A lot of it, I think, was the language. Frequently I found it obnoxious, contrived, nearly unintelligible, or superfluous. But...much of the time it also served as a vital tool for painting this alternate California and making it real. (But "real" and "readable" are not always mutually compatible). The Nini Mo thing gets harped on just a tad much as well.

Despite all that, the story is exciting and the world (annoying speech and all) is colorful, detailed, and fairly believable (in the sense that all good fantasy worlds are).

While not an instant classic, this is still a book I'm glad I got in hardcover, and it'll go on the shelf with all the other YA fantasy novels I can't wait for my daughter to get old enough to read (she's may be a while). I'm already reading the sequel!

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