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Book Rec: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

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Mar. 30th, 2010 | 10:59 pm
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[personal profile] thefourthvine recommended "The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms", and she was so right. It's baroque in the details, with great twists on fantasy tropes of light and dark. The writing is very good, rich but clear, and I read it in big gulps.
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jassyskie

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from: jassyskie
date: Mar. 31st, 2010 06:56 am (UTC)
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I just read an interesting post yesterday by the author, N. K. Jemisin, about how this book was reborn from an old trunked novel. Here's a link to the post: I Am The Market. I think I'm going to have to put this book on my to be read list.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Mar. 31st, 2010 07:11 am (UTC)
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Yes, it makes lots of sense. Coming-of-age quest novels are such a trope that mixing it up is a good thing!

I didn't include the fact that it's really well copyedited, unlike most novels these days, as it seemed like faint praise. But I found one or two weird sentences and no typos at all, and that's so rare.

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cookie i think you're TAME

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from: cupiscent
date: Mar. 31st, 2010 10:59 am (UTC)
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I have been picking this up in bookstores for a couple of weeks now, poking at it, and putting it back. Maybe next time I might succumb. Sounds delish.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Mar. 31st, 2010 04:16 pm (UTC)
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It's not perfect by any means, but it has that first-novel energy and sincerity.

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