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Again, links eat world. But also, as of today, we are ninety-five days out from the release of One Salt Sea, and that means I need to make sure people remember Toby! So here is today's Toby-centric review roundup.

We start with a review of Rosemary and Rue by Fuzzy Steve, who says, "Damn good. Classic Urban fantasy, with a strong female lead. If you like the Dresden files, you'll probably like these. So give the first book a chance." I like "damn good" as a sales pitch, frankly.

Also Rosemary and Rue-related, although a bit more specialized, here's the Unshelved Book Club review of the audio edition, which says, "My previous attempts to listen to urban fantasy novels left me thinking I needed to read a faerie encyclopedia. But McGuire gave all the background necessary to Daye's world, with all the grit, deception, and intrigue I feel is essential to a mystery. And Kowal voiced the characters—both otherworldly and human—with distinction, personality, and just the right amount of tension." Yay!

Moving on to a later book, Fantasy Literature has reviewed Late Eclipses, and says, "The world-building is great, featuring a plethora of fae beings from folklore, and the political intrigue is always interesting. Late Eclipses has the added bonus of new revelations about the nature of Toby's mother, Amandine, and of Toby herself. Yes, I love these books. Even when they're flawed." She goes on to call out several of these flaws, and they're a fair cop; this is a good review.

It's time for another Book Pushers review! Yay! This time, it's a review of Late Eclipses, and says, "Late Eclipses is a solid and enjoyable entry in the series. Lush mythology and darkly imaginative and tense, I was caught up with the mystery and developments that bring forward ongoing plots and characters. I eagerly await for the next book, to see what else will be unveiled."

Finally, for right now (since I try to stop at five links), the Cookies, Books, and Bikes review of An Artificial Night, which says, "I throughly enjoyed this book. It was completely engrossing and I loved learning more about many of the other characters within this book." Rock and roll.

And that's it for today. More soon.

Date: 2011-06-03 06:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
...And the Cat's Literary Review covers "Rosemary and Rue" & "A Local Habitation" together: "SO GUD I OM-NOM-NOMMED THEM ALL UP. NAO I HAZ TUMMY AYK. I SLEEP NAO AND DREEM OF KING TYBALT AND HIS FUNY PET."


Date: 2011-06-03 07:52 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-06-03 08:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
From the Fantasy Literature link: "But… she’s just not observant. Which is not good, in a character who is essentially a detective."

Hmm. Well, I like noticing things Toby doesn't. It makes me feel smart.

(Dropping this here lest I make a comment on the website like a rude little monkey.)

Date: 2011-06-14 03:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you for being a good monkey.

Date: 2011-06-03 10:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
95 days to one salt see is surprisingly cheering :)

Date: 2011-06-14 02:59 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-06-04 12:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
95 days! Happy dance! I love Toby. No need for reviews to sell the series to me.

Date: 2011-06-08 06:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well, yay. :)
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Re: Go 'head!

Date: 2011-06-07 11:01 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-06-04 10:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Don't worry, no one could ever forget about Toby, she's way too awesome!

Also, woohoo for nintey-five days. Are we there yet?

Date: 2011-06-07 04:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thankfully, no. I would explode.

Date: 2011-06-05 02:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Woman! Author! You there! Deadline! Up till 2:30AM last night! Through tramadol for arthritis!

(Okay, so I maybe tried to read it in the bookstore lot, but I was an hour from home, and the diurnal cycle betrayed me and so did my aching hands after an hour with nothing to brace on properly.)

I woke this morning. My housemate looked at me and said, "Did you finish it?" I nodded. "How late were you up? Three?"


"So where is it now?" I pointed, and off she made with it without so much as a by-your-leave.

So. I'm not sure what I am blaming you for exactly, but I blame you, Pikachu! ;)

Date: 2011-06-05 02:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Also, I just woke and am not entirely coherent but very, very impressed. And wow, it is a different character book for reasons of point of view *and* what happens, and you knocked it out of the park on this series. Damned good.

Date: 2011-06-06 07:31 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-06-05 02:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
P.S. My housemate said to tell you she also blames you. With a smile.

Date: 2011-06-06 08:55 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-06-06 12:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
How could anyone ever forget Toby?

Date: 2011-06-06 07:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I do not know.

Worth the Wait...

Date: 2011-06-13 09:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I discovered Toby by accident one cold day, while seeking refuge in the bookstore. The book had been misplaced and it caught my eye because, while I love rosemary, I am extremely allergic to it, and the title made me laugh. I've been a devotee since that day.

Forget about Toby? Not a chance. Wait 84 days? Totally worth it. Re-read the first four books in preparation? Definitely. Nurture secret crush on Tybalt? Oh yeah.

Re: Worth the Wait...

Date: 2011-06-13 02:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well, then, yay. :)

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