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Tuesday Randomness April 21, 2009

Posted by kmcalear in Book Review, Book Series, Critiquing, Urban Fantasy.
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It seems that with my paper deadlines coming up, there’s simply not enough time in the day to get everything done. I’m just taking this as training for when publishers are demanding revisions, and I suppose college professors are going to be just as demanding! On top of that, though, I also have Finals to study for, when I’d rather be devoting all my time to compiling information from my research materials.

Anyway, so… I concur with Jana that Magic Burns and Magic Strikes simply rock. I read through both books this weekend, when I should have been reading stuff for class. Magic Burns kept me up til 4:30 in the morning because I just /had/ to finish it. Of the two, Burns has the better plot with more intriguing twists and turns, but Bites has several very satisfying endings to a couple story arcs. I think what I like the MOST about Illona Andrews’s books is the very unique Magic-Tech Atlanta, it’s very different than what most other UFs have with the near-reality world. I also like that they stop teasing the reader with Kate’s “blood secret” and you get to find out just what it is. Curran is a delightful character as well, definitely kind but determined, genuine, just and I love his mischievous sense of humor. How very feline!

Some contructive points: I do sometimes get lost in the descriptions, so I wish they were a little clearer to give me a way to visualize these unusual places she’s describing.  The world is SO strong that some better descriptions would kick it up into the Completely Awesome of All Awesome range. I’d also like to see more from Jim the leopard, he’s the most flat of the characters. Dali the white tiger is… a hoot, ya’ll have to read to find out.

So… go. Get. Buy. You won’t regret it.

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