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The Girl Who Would Be King by Kelly Thompson
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Dec 09, 2012

really liked it
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Recommended for: comic book fans, mythology students, philosophers
Read in December, 2012

A remarkably good first novel by Kelly Thompson, this is a book of two young women, polar opposites of good and evil, learning they are possessed of awesome (even "super") powers, and what they do about it -- and about each other.

Thompson does a great job of describing both characters paths toward the final climax -- learning of their abilities, limitations, acting out on their inner impulses, learning of the dark (and the bright) aspects of what they have, and the heritage behind them ...

The "good" character, Bonnie, suffers a bit from being a bit insipid to begin with, with the "evil" character, Lola, showing more agency and imagination. As time goes on, though, the roles reverse, and Bonnie becomes more complete (in both story terms and reader terms), while Lola diminishes into madness and lack of dimension (ditto).

The final resolution feels both horribly inevitable, completely fitting, and, at the same time, frustrating. It feels right, and even fitting within the mythology developed during the story, and yet at least one alternative lies unmentioned (perhaps intentionally), as the story draws to a close.

Nevertheless, I definitely liked it. I think I'll read it again, and look forward to Thompson's next book. Good stuff, definitely recommended.
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