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We begin today's "oh my God it's full of links" round-up post with the obligate LiveJournal review, this time by [livejournal.com profile] quippe, who says Rosemary and Rue is "An interesting urban fantasy whose central character is very different to the type usually found in this type of fiction and a carefully constructed world with a huge amount of potential, this is an entertaining novel and I will be reading more of this series." Yay!

Meanwhile, the Book Faery has posted a lengthy, lovely review of Rosemary and Rue, and says "I was pleased because I kept guessing. I honestly, for the life of me, could not figure out the ending to this book early on. It wasn't until the very end, when tiny hints were given, that everything suddenly began to click in my mind. So much like the delightful Toby, I was riding this story on the edge of my seat, curious." Also, she likes Tybalt a lot. So at least he has one fan, right? (Ow, ow, don't hit!)

Carrie gives us a two-fer, starting with her review of Rosemary and Rue, in which she says something that pleased me enough to quote at length. Specifically:

"Fairies, to me, are a lot like sparkly vampires: they're based on creatures which were, originally, something much worse, but they've been prettied up to fit in with the buying habits of tween girls and unmarried aunts. Fairies now mean fluttery and flowery and beautiful, but I know better than to believe that. Fairies are supposed to be nasty, bitey little creatures, and impossibly beautiful ice queens, and confusing things made of mixed together bits of tree branches and stolen shoes. They're not creatures of light and happiness, no matter how much glitter you slap on them. Too few people want to write about the dark side of fairies.

"Seanan McGuire understands the dark.

"She blends together Shakespeare, Irish legends, Japanese myth, medieval ballads, and Victorian Flower Fairies to tell a tale so familiar it doesn't occur to you to look for where she's gotten it wrong because it's all unbelievably right. Toby lives in a world that makes sense, in a sad and disturbing way, because it's our world, if you could see just a little more of it."

See, I sort of want this on the back cover of a book, someday.

Carrie also reviewed A Local Habitation, and says "McGuire keeps to the strict first-person perspective that helps set this series apart from other books in the genre. Toby doesn’t know anything that she doesn’t have direct knowledge of, which means that there are times she gets it wrong. Even better, McGuire doesn't 'cheat' by giving Toby a dozen well-informed advisers to fill her in on everything under the sun. There were a few times that I'd figured out a clue before Toby did, and that added to the feeling of anticipation. When you can see the monster just outside the window, the story isn't so much about figuring out if the monster is really there as it is finding out what your heroine will do when it finally catches up to her. McGuire gives us monsters, and Toby is a hero, however reluctantly, because the harder it gets, the more she resigns herself to never giving up."

Carrie, you sure do say the sweetest things...

Also reviewing A Local Habitation is Dana of Reading Amidst the Chaos, who was sadly a little less quotable, but was also a little more critical (these things are not connected), and provides a nicely balanced perspective. (Mind you, as the author, I'm about as biased as they come, so my idea of "balanced" is "liked it, but won't let it have the keys to the liquor cabinet yet." So keep that in mind.) And she thinks they're getting better! Yay!

My list of links is still insane, and I leave for San Diego in two days, so watch for a Feed review roundup tomorrow. Right now, I'm going to go put lotion on my sunburn and sprawl under the air conditioning vent.

Nnngh.

Date: 2010-07-19 04:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tygerversionx.livejournal.com
I have a request! And no other way to request it. Have you ever thought about doing a short story starring Toby's cats and the rose goblin? Part of me really wants to see how they get along while Toby's off doing hero-y stuff. :D

... and if Tybalt is making secret requests of the kitties.

Also ... stop getting sunburned!

Date: 2010-07-19 12:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seanan-mcguire.livejournal.com
Not really, because a) I've had nothing for them to do that would make sense from their specific perspective, and b) I ain't tellin' if he's doing that.

Date: 2010-07-19 03:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tygerversionx.livejournal.com
Answer B sounds TOTALLY like an evil plot to me. ;) Cue evil laugh here, maybe some lightning.

Date: 2010-07-19 04:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] saffronrose.livejournal.com
Sunburn from today, I gahter, as yesterday you weren't looking reddish.

Are there any other foods I should not bring you, besides custard/pudding? I'm so sorry that happened, but I gave the staff the bags to dole out or to keep for themselves.

Date: 2010-07-19 12:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seanan-mcguire.livejournal.com
I am the LOBSTER QUEEN.

No pudding, no custard, nothing squishy, really.

Date: 2010-07-19 10:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hooton.livejournal.com
Erm ... just in the interests of disclosure, I'm quippe (and sometimes I am also Spartacus but that's another story altogether). It's not a secret or anything - I just keep a seperate review LJ that I use to post reviews and cross-post into review communities.

Hope that's okay.

Date: 2010-07-19 12:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seanan-mcguire.livejournal.com
Of course that's okay! It was a very even review, and I liked it. :) And even if I hadn't, that would have been okay.

Date: 2010-07-19 01:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scifantasy.livejournal.com
"Seanan McGuire understands the dark" needs to go on something. A book cover, a T-shirt, a business card...something.

Date: 2010-07-19 03:11 pm (UTC)

Date: 2010-07-22 02:32 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] filkferengi
Mira Grant *is* the dark.

Date: 2010-07-19 03:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladymondegreen.livejournal.com
We need to build a UV filter into you. Just sayin'.

Date: 2010-07-19 03:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladymondegreen.livejournal.com
To keep you from getting sunburned.

Date: 2010-07-19 07:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inkedhistorian.livejournal.com
I am happy to say sweet things about your books so long as you keep writing things I enjoy as much as I have so far. (Or enjoy more, that would be ok too.)

I am also more than happy to write something for the back cover of one of your books, someday.

Date: 2010-07-19 08:23 pm (UTC)

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