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At Wit’s End

Ah, tax day

Gotta love it. I always like how the IRS can take their time about getting refunds to people but we, the taxpayers, had best not be late writing out a check to them. I am particularly grieved about it this year because I owed NYS a sizable sum.

So, to soothe my grief, I am treating myself to smoked eel sushi for lunch. I’m something of a wasabi and pickled ginger whore, so it doesn’t actually matter to me much what the sushi beneath is, but I do like smoked eel. The only thing that would make this better is a jug of sake.

I recently finished Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder. The verdict is: disappointed. I enjoyed the first in the series, Poison Study, a great deal, Magic Study (book 2) somewhat less, but I always hold out hope for the series I like. It’s not that Fire Study was poorly written, not at all, and I like the characters, and the plot was cool. What I found irritating, though, was Yelena’s exponentially increased powers. It seemed as though whatever difficulties she and her group ran into, she suddenly had the power to get them out of it. Her horse, Kiki, seemed to get smarter by the page, too. So, although I’m not sorry I read the book, it just left me feeling dissatisfied.

Maybe the sushi will help.

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April 15, 2008 - Posted by | Book reviews, Gripes |

1 Comment »

  1. Haven’t read Fire Study, but I agree with your comments on the first two in the series. I’m not usually one for traditional fantasy, but I thought Poison Study was quite decent. Magic Study didn’t work for me because of the travelling quest, and the more magical things are the less interested I become. Still, I hope to track down Fire Study at my library at some stage.

    Have a lovely day! 🙂

    Comment by Tez Miller | April 16, 2008


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