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22 July 2009 @ 07:04 pm
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The Accidental Sorcerer, K.E. Mills

Also spoilers for Witches Incorporated, first three chapters, by the same author.



It was.

I bought these two books on a whim - damn you, 3 for 2 at Waterstones! - because the titles and blurbs didn't take themselves too seriously and I hadn't bought a book that wasn't a classic/rec'd in I don't know how long. NOW I REMEMBER THERE'S A REASON FOR THAT.
It was.

I bought these two books on a whim - damn you, 3 for 2 at Waterstones! - because the titles and blurbs didn't take themselves too seriously and I hadn't bought a book that wasn't a classic/rec'd in I don't know how long. NOW I REMEMBER THERE'S A REASON FOR THAT.

First, there are no sorcerers in this, only wizards. While it may seem petty to remark on this, because words like those are synonyms in this world, in alternate realities they are usually titles. You wouldn't go around calling a teacher 'doctor', and for the same reason.

It went well for the first little while; I was even hopeful that it would be a lighthearted, Pratchetteseque romp when I met Prince Rupert the butterfly-obsessed. Then came all the chapters where Reg and Gerald kept changing their minds about their own motives and urging the other to do what a paragraph ago they'd been protesting against. SLOPPY! Lional was equally poorly characterised and I hated the pastede-on-yay! ending.

There was also the fact that Gerald adopted the mocking name his bullies labelled him with by the end, and the Mercedes Lackey-style italic verbalisation of thoughts. I tried to read the next in the trilogy simply because I paid for it, but I ended up wanting to kill Reg more than any fictional character I've ever met, and not in the fun way. If anyone, after reading this, wants these books, I will send them to you gratis, just to get them AWAY from me.

PS Emmerabiblia? BIBBIE FOR SHORT? Fuck that!


Previously, on Book Glomp 2009:
He Knew He Was Right, Anthony Trollope |The Bostonians, Henry James | For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway | For Esme - with Love and Squalor, JD Salinger | The Outsider, Albert Camus | The Princess Diaries: Ten out of Ten, Meg Cabot | The Vicar of Bullhampton, Anthony Trollope | Molesworth, Geoffrey Willans | Villette, Charlotte Bronte | The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James | The Way of All Flesh, Samuel Butler | Cecilia, Fanny Burney | The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger | The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark | Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut | Valley of the Dolls, Jacqueline Susann | Siddhartha, Herman Hesse | The White Tiger, Aravind Adiga | The Duke and I, Julia Quinn | Brave New World, Aldous Huxley | North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell | Cider with Rosie, Laurie Lee | Catch-22, Joseph Heller | Bright Shiny Morning, James Frey | Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck | The Demon's Lexicon, Sarah Rees Brennan | The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton | jPod, Douglas Coupland | 'Are these my basoomas I see before me?', Louise Rennison | Faro's Daughter, Georgette Heyer | Anansi Boys, Neil Gaiman
 
 
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Riakessie on July 22nd, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
I have to admit when I was putting this books out on the shelf, I felt there was something off about them that unsettled me. Glad to see that my hunches sometimes have merit!

Edited at 2009-07-22 06:19 pm (UTC)
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: hot air of balloonsscoradh on July 23rd, 2009 05:09 pm (UTC)
They totally do! Only read them if you want a how-to guide of how to mess up what wasn't a great idea in the first place. D: