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The Trouble With Magic (A Bewitching Mystery, #1)The Trouble With Magic by Madelyn Alt

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I started this early in 2010, got about a 5th of the way through, and put it aside. I only picked it up again this month. This is sign--I question whether I should have picked it up again.

Unobjectionable but uninspired writing.

Heroine I just couldn't really ever seem to like.

Problematic presentation of paranormal spirituality.

"Too good to be true" supporting characters.

Villains too obvious to be interesting.

Plot I figured out about a quarter of the way through. In a good mystery you should finally suspect the right person just a teensy bit ahead of the "crime solver." You should not go through most of the book saying to the heroine, "You stupid idiot chick--it's ________________! Pay attention!!!" Really--thinking the protagonist is hopelessly clueless is not a recipe for a good reading experience.


P.S. I noticed the third installment in the series in the bookstore Friday. Apparently mine is a minority opinion.

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Jan. 25th, 2011 01:24 pm (UTC)
Except for the main character's gender, and "Problematic presentation of paranormal spirituality", you have fairly perfectly replicated my feelings when I read "Sword of Shannara", when I was in Jr. High, way back in the 70s.

Given how many sequels (and prequels) he's written since, I was clearly in the minority there too.
Jan. 25th, 2011 03:41 pm (UTC)
I've read six of the seven books in this series and I understand where you're coming from. I will say that the subsequent books do get somewhat better and they are a nice enough fluff books to spend a couple of hours with (in my opinion). They are pretty much fluff though; no serious thinking required and they don't make me cry or laugh. I can read through each of these books VERY quickly. Not much substance.

If you like this general genre of book (supernatural, supernatural romance) I can recommend some authors that I've found enjoyable. Some of them are darker themed though...some have even made me cry in spots. Personally, if a book can make me laugh out loud or cry, it is a testament to how well written it is that it can engage the reader to that degree.

On a tangent, there was a Mercedes Lackey book that I read recently that had me going through enough tissues to fill my wastebasket. =P
Jan. 26th, 2011 01:04 am (UTC)
i like the vampire series by mary janice davidson - Undead and unwed is one of them plus he mermaid series, she is pretty plucky.
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