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06/20/2003 Entry: "More recents reads--Briggs, Fforde"

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DRAGON BLOOD by Patricia Briggs
Excellent fantasy with full-fleshed characters, strong plot, and a belivable world. I would have liked more of the romance between Ward and Tisala--in fact, more of the whole book--but at a time when almost all that's being written in fantasy are doorstoppers, Briggs' storytelling economy is even more admirable.

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THE EYRE AFFAIR by Jasper Fforde
When I first started this I found it utterly charming... by the end the charm had worn a little thin, though. This may have been because my reading was constantly interrupted--or it might have been because Fforde tries to pack everything and the kitchen sink in. I mean, in a book with an alternate universe Crimean War, time travel, and artistic riots, do we really need vampires as well?

Still, definitely recommended, and I'm looking forward to the sequel.


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