March 23rd, 2011

Read Irresponsibly

When you can't sleep... read! Magic Burns and Running with the Pack

I started Wise Man's Fear, but it is one of those books that makes me anxious and wound-up, which was not what I needed yesterday. I needed entertainment of a little less stressful variety. So I started and finished Magic Burns instead. It was just what I needed - light, action-packed, and full of people who have more than one angle of perspective. I like Kate, though her swaps of vulnerability and superbadassness annoy me a little bit. I definitely like Curran - he has reasons for being all of the moody beast that he is. And Rafael, who I already met in the short stories, finally showed up in this book.

Also, about Running with the Pack: If you are looking for happy endings, avoid this book. It is far more gritty and real than I was expecting. There is a lot of good insight into the darker shadows of humanity from many different perspectives, and in another mood I'm sure this book would have gotten a higher rating. Unfortunately, I was looking for entertainment of a lighter sort. The last story ends on a *very* sour note for me, turned my stomach, and ended up haunting me even during other conversations. Pouring Wise Man's Fear right on top of that bile was a Bad Idea (tm) and caused all kinds of physical feedback problems yesterday. I was physically jittery, anxious, and jumpy. I smoothed Magic Burns on top of it all to calm me down and re-entertain my brain in a way that would make sleep possible.

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