In Late Eclipses, we went back to the bad guys of the first book, and read as October Daye dealt directly with the insane Rayseline and the never-seen Oleander. This time, Toby was framed for [attempted] murder of two people she valued. As we know from the beginning of the series, Seanan McGuire does not mind killing off beloved characters, and the deaths that are built into this story are both traumatic and deliberately puzzling to Toby. In a typical plot trope, Toby is both framed for murder and carrying the burden of solving the murder before "time runs out." In this case, time ran out more than once, and the consequences were both painful and revealing.
Late Eclipses did not do for me what An Artificial Night did. While I empathized plenty with Toby all through this book, the emotions were not ones that I wanted or enjoyed nearly as much. I was stuck in a flip-flop of frustration and pain heightened with confusion, rather than in the cycle of resignation and determination highlighted with love. So while Late Eclipses had more of a linear plot line, and far more explicable plot twists, it did not leave me wrung out with satisfied exhaustion of a plot well-run and well-read. It did not fail me, though. It provided plenty of new questions for next time.
Notes to self - I have pre-ordered One Salt Sea (book 5) for September, and Magic Slays drops today. Whee!-- New-to-me books read in 2011 (as opposed to re-reads) --January
Little Dee vol 2
Little Dee vol 3Unusual Suspects Harvest Moon
The Black Stallion (yes, I know, I should have read it with Black Beauty) Ravens in the Library: Magic in the Bard's Name
, with a pre-finished commentary hereThe Hundred Thousand KingdomsFang Bangers: An Erotic Anthology of Fangs, Claws, Sex and LoveMust Love HellhoundsTruthseekerFebruaryDark and Stormy KnightsTortall and Other LandsRiver Marked
(2/28 - it arrived a day early)March
Questionable Content, vol 1How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf
Magic BitesSkinwalker, A Jane Yellowrock Novel
Running with the PackMagic Burns
"Skyblaze" Adventures in the Liaden Universe #17Kings of the North
Do Not Sniff the Bees, Two Lumps book 6Magic Strikes
Magic BleedsMercy BladeThe Initiate BrotherMayAngelologyCity of PearlAn Artificial Night
Late Eclipses-- Books abandoned rather than completed in 2011 --February
Sing the Four Quarters, by Tanya Huff-- Books Still in Progress --These are books that I haven't totally given up on, I've just... put them aside... for now. And gee, look at how many of them are non-fiction!
The Brand Within
If You Don't Have Big Breasts, Put Ribbons on Your Pigtails
Swords and Dark Magic
Wise Man's Fear