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[personal profile] bironic
Today I started reading the e-book of Every Heart a Doorway that Tor.com is offering for free until midnight Eastern. I hadn't read anything by Seanan McGuire before, despite many of your rave reviews, and the blurbs I'd seen for this book hadn't grabbed me. Well, it turns out that all anyone needed to have said was LAND OF THE DEAD and I'd've been on this much faster!

Pomegranates and Persephone references! The Lord of the Dead's stroking fingers turning a dance partner's black hair white! A young woman's yearning to go back to the Underworld after being sent away! *cough* Up my alley, even though it's only a small part of the story.

I'm enjoying the ace/not aro layer to the protag, the matter-of-fact presentation of Kade's trans identity, the Gothic horror AU and the general misfits stuff too, and I empathize with the tension a physically still, introverted character feels in a motion-filled, privacy-free school environment. The prose could be tighter, but I guess it's YA? Whatever: it's working, because I'm already two-thirds of the way through.

For me it's the happy medium between the grotesquerie of Catherynne Valente's Deathless and the -- what's the word for when you need more tension? -- uneventful, I guess, utopia of Becky Chambers' The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet; but that's a subject for a more intensive post that I do not have the brain cells to write these days.


ETA: thoughts on the ending.

Date: Apr. 27th, 2017 12:28 am (UTC)
monanotlisa: alex and maggie next to each other (Default)
From: [personal profile] monanotlisa
Oh, thanks for that heads-up! Downloading now. :)

Date: Apr. 27th, 2017 12:35 am (UTC)
isis: (Default)
From: [personal profile] isis
Huh, I seriously hated it (felt as though the premise was awesome but the murder mystery plot contrived and pointless), but - we are all different! And actually I'm planning to read Deathless soon, via another Tor.com giveaway.

Date: Apr. 27th, 2017 01:21 am (UTC)
yhlee: Sandman raven with eyeball (Sandman raven (credit: rilina))
From: [personal profile] yhlee
The underworld bits were beautifully evoked, I agree. I didn't enjoy the book for similar reasons as [personal profile] isis, but I know a lot of people loved it. =)

The realms categorization doesn't turn out to be terribly relevant to anything, but I wasn't expecting coherence on that front from this book anyway. (I don't think that's a particular spoiler.)

I'm curious about Deathless, which I also downloaded, but I have to finish Leviathan Wakes first!

Date: Apr. 28th, 2017 01:28 am (UTC)
yhlee: Drop Ships from Race for the Galaxy (RTFG)
From: [personal profile] yhlee
Now that I've finished Leviathan Wakes I want to try the TV show! :) I'm very curious. I had people spoil me to the extent of reassuring me that the TV show did NOT choose to enact the vomit, which I can deal with in print but would maybe gross me out too much in a visual medium. XD

Date: Apr. 27th, 2017 03:51 am (UTC)
selki: (Default)
From: [personal profile] selki
less interested in the mystery than in how Nancy and her friends differentially react to it

Yes. Poor mystery, interesting angles on people and their favored spaces/ways.

Date: Apr. 27th, 2017 02:35 pm (UTC)
isis: (Default)
From: [personal profile] isis
The entire reason I plan to read it is that it was recommended by a friend after I gave a good review to The Bear and the Nightingale, which also draws on Russian and Eastern European mythology. I have also read mixed reviews of it!

Date: Apr. 27th, 2017 04:11 am (UTC)
umadoshi: (feet in water)
From: [personal profile] umadoshi
Seanan McGuire is my favorite author, so reading this post made me really happy. ^_^ (If you read anything else of hers, I hope you like that too!)

Date: Apr. 28th, 2017 02:28 am (UTC)
umadoshi: (InCryptid - Heroic Stand)
From: [personal profile] umadoshi
FWIW, most of her books don't really fall into the mystery camp; I'm not a mystery reader either, so I can't say for sure how far into that category her October Daye books fall. (Toby, the main character, is a PI, and there's a mystery element to at least some of the novels, but I feel like that's less true as the series progresses...which is just as well, since I don't think mysteries are Seanan's strength.)

Basically if her characters/the feel of her writing works for you, it might be worth poking around to see if any of her other series sound appealing. Each of her worlds focuses on different sorts of things, and among my friends who're also fans there's a HUGE range of opinion on which series is her best/their favorite. (Plus her Mira Grant books, which include my personal favorite series, are much different from the Seanan McGuire books.)

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