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Sharps by K.J. Parker
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Finally finished! After loving KJ Parker's Engineer Trilogy, I was delighted to find Sharps at the Library. I know about nothing about fencing, but figured it's KJ Parker, so I gave it a shot.

This book took me awhile to get into. I was worried with all of the character introductions that I didn't know who was where, why they mattered, and I surely didn't think I'd be able to keep track of them all. I almost gave up, but I always try my best to finish books that I've started, so I pushed the worries out of my mind and kept reading.

Basically, in Sharps, a fencing team is sent from one country to a country that they had recently been at war with. The idea was that the show of good faith would bring about peace, but it would seem that other people had different ideas about what their function was.

The book had plenty of laughs. The fencing, I assume was all accurate. Even though I don't know anything about fencing, I was always looking forward to the fencing scenes. I liked the characters and thought they were mostly well balanced in terms of screen time. I must say I don't quite get the point of reading from some of the officials (there were only a few scenes with them and it was a lot of stuff we already knew, I felt).

Overall, I enjoyed the story, but at times it felt like work to read. Which sounds bad, but it's probably because I read too much YA.
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Reading Progress

January 14, 2013 – Started Reading
January 14, 2013 – Shelved
January 22, 2013 –
page 50
11.14%
January 24, 2013 –
page 110
24.5%
January 25, 2013 –
page 140
31.18%
January 25, 2013 –
page 180
40.09%
January 27, 2013 –
page 220
49.0%
January 27, 2013 –
page 263
58.57%
January 27, 2013 –
page 304
67.71%
January 27, 2013 –
page 304
67.71%
January 28, 2013 –
page 320
71.27%
January 28, 2013 –
page 360
80.18%
January 29, 2013 –
page 394
87.75%
January 29, 2013 – Finished Reading
March 10, 2014 – Shelved as: fantasy

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