williamjm Posted November 6, 2022 Author Share Posted November 6, 2022 I read Katherine Addison's The Grief of Stones. I thought The Witness For The Dead was a good detective story in a fantasy setting and I thought the sequel was similarly good. One of the features of the books is that Celehar tends to have to work on multiple cases simultaneously, often of very different types, here varying from tracking down a coveted scone recipe to investigating sinister goings on in a school for orphaned girls. This means that the pacing can sometimes be a bit odd, with the climax of the main case happening about 2/3 of the way through the book with much of the remainder focusing on the repercussions of it. Despite the sometimes dark subject matter and Celehar tendency towards feeling melancholy it is an enjoyable book to read. Celehar himself is very likeable and there is a good cast of supporting characters, both old and new (Celehar's new apprentice is a good addition to the story). I then read Neil Gaiman's seventh Sandman collection, Brief Lives, which I thought was very good even if some of the earlier parts of the quest felt a bit aimless. I have now started one of Ian McDonald's earlier novels, Necroville, which doesn't really seem to be among his best-known works. Mlle. Zabzie, Xray the Enforcer, Underfoot and 1 other 4 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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