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On Vox: I give up

Although I knew this was the second book in a series, I decided to give it a try anyway. One character's story interested me, and there were a few neat bits, but overall it didn't hold my interest and I put it down after about 100 pages. Maybe I would have appreciated it more if I had read the first book in the series.... or the previous series that lead up to this.

But I found too often that the writing itself annoyed me. For example, the book starts with a chase through a crowded market. Nice action scene. Except when the action stopped for a brief paragraph describing someone's clothing. That might have fit if a character had also stopped, but in the middle of a chase, I expect description to be woven into the action.... a detail here and there as the action proceeds.  Other places I felt like the writing could have been tighter and with fewer "X was Y" constructions. But maybe that's just me being a writer.

Originally posted on mmarques.vox.com

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