4 journalers for this copy...
The book seemed to jump right out at me because I was looking for it at the used book store just the day before! CheriePie was kind enough to loan me her 4 Kelly Armstrong books (Women of the Otherworld series) from her private collection and I wanted to get some books from her wishlist as a 'Thank You'. I had read and passed on my copy already. You can see my review HERE.
As it turned out, we didn't get to meet up with our family-they arrived too late to get together. But as you can see, it wasn't a wasted trip! :-)
Thank you so much for sending me this book since as you know I've been looking for it, and since also joining paperbackswap.com, I put it on my wish list out there too so if someone were to come along and register it...
Anyhoo, hope you have a good move, or had a good move since I think it was this past weekend you did so, and I need to stop using this space as if it were email. :) *sm00ches*
UPDATE 13-JUN-2006: Reserved for woosang after I've read it.
Manhattan's night life just got weirder...
It starts as a simple job—but simple jobs, when you're dealing with the magical world, often end up anything but.
As a Retriever, Wren Valere specializes in finding things gone missing—and then bringing them back, no questions asked. Normally her job is stimulating, challenging, and only a little bit dangerous. But every once in a while...
Case in point: A cornerstone containing a spell is stolen and there's a magical complication. (Isn't there always?) Wren's unique abilities aren't enough to lay this particular case to rest, so she turns to some friends: a demon (minor), a mage who has lost his mind, and a few others, including Sergei, her business partner (and maybe a bit more?).
Sometimes what a woman has to do to get the job done is enough to give even Wren nightmares....
I really liked the premise of this book, but I wasn't too crazy about the author's writing style, she kinda had a lot of run-on sentences so I found myself rereading some things. And at another point, when she started off a chapter with one of Wren's dream sequences, which went on for like 3 pages, you didn't know the whole time whose dream it was. So I flipped to the end of the dream sequence to find out... I mean, if it's a character who hasn't been introduced yet, or someone we're not supposed to know, I can see that strategy, but for the main character, it was just unnecessary and kind of a pain in the ass because I like to be able to envision the story in my head while I'm reading.
However, since this was Gilman's first novel, I'm expecting better things in this regard in later books. As a matter of fact, I recall reading a short story from her as part of the Powers of Detection anthology and the writing didn't bug me then, so my point stands.
I liked the characters, Wren and Sergi, and imagined P.B. as a little Gizmo... you know from that Gremlins movie. :D And I'm looking forward to reading more about them in Curse the Dark.
This is now reserved for woosang in Australia, who has this book on her wishlist. :D
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Sent as RABCK to woosang in Australia.
Yvonne, Thanks for all the good books you've shared this year, and for your friendship. I hope 2007 is great for you!! Enjoy!!