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May 28th, 2012

15.5 of 52

Cast in Moonlight (Chronicles of Elantra, #0.5)Cast in Moonlight by Michelle Sagara West

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I picked up this novella I was looking for something short and diverting. When I saw that it was a Harlequin imprint, I was...nervous. I wasn't looking for a romance.

It isn't. And it was short and diverting.

It's an interesting fantasy crime procedural, set in a city ruled by a dragon, with humans, Barani, Aerians, Tha'alani, and Leontines. Magic is real, and politics are complicated.

The novel is a prequel, of sorts, to the Chronicles of Elantra series of books, and I'm sure some of what was unclear to me would have made more sense if I'd read the books in the order of their publication, but even so, I enjoyed this. Will probably give the rest of the series a shot.

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The Professor's Assassin (Short Story) (The Technologists 0.5)The Professor's Assassin (Short Story) by Matthew Pearl

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I picked up this this novella (it's really longer than a short story) to see if I liked Pearl's writing style before I committed to something longer (like The Dante Club or The Technologists).

I'm still not sure.

The author failed to really make me "feel" the period (important in historical fiction), and the characters were a bit superficial. That may be a feature of it being a novella, not a novel, but I fear not. The story line itself wasn't really engaging enough to make me care--I suspect if I didn't have a "completer obsession" I wouldn't have finished it. And I'm not sure I'll give one of the full-length novels a look, either.

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16.5 of 52

Dashing Through the SnowDashing Through the Snow by Diane Farr

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

No, I don't buy it.

Cute, frothy, is fine. Regency--good. Totally unbelievable sequence of events and behaviors for a Regency era young woman, and "strangers to proposal" in less than 24 hours? Sorry. No.

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