This Week’s Reads

Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows
Secondary World Fantasy, Finished
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone.

In the end, what this all comes down to is that Six of Crows was a fun romp. The consequences are few and although several characters have several strong journeys and arcs (Inej especially), there’s not much to the learn about the characters after the first 100 pages. This is a high-soaring story about a bunch of misfits and outcasts who crash through the world with their wit and fineness and no one can stop them. I was never particularly concerned for the characters and I was pretty darn sure they were going to succeed the whole way through, which is in part due to the genre and heist-plot we’re working with, but the storytelling certainly never did anything to convince me otherwise. So I can’t call this the most nuanced or exquisitely crafted book, but it wasn’t really meant to be that. It was meant to be a fun story with clever characters and blossoming romances and I would say if that’s what you’re looking for, then this book is perfect.

I’m at Boskone this weekend and it is rather late, so I find myself without the time to fully talk about the short story of the week, but I do want to share it with you anyway because it was a great, tragic story:

Short story of the week: Kay Chronister’s The Lights We Carried Home
Modern Fantasy, Finished
Read it here.

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