|zeborah (zeborah) wrote,|
@ 2010-06-12 09:19 pm UTC
|Entry tags:||reviews, writing|
Mystery set in Elizabethan times. The author's done lots of research and it shows, though most of the time not too clunkily and much of it was fascinating. One of a series though (as with most mysteries I think?) stands alone perfectly well. Obligatory living-in-sin affair on the part of Our Heroine (a widow); at least the consequences aren't completely glossed over, but. I'm just bored of the trope, I guess.
The story was quite readable and satisfying for the light kind of read it was, anyway.
Cart & Cwidder by Diana Wynne Jones
Part of the Dalemark quartet, of which book 4 reminded me distressingly of things I was doing less well in Chalice of Truth. I, um. I absolutely adore some of DWJ's stuff (Homeward Bounders, Fire and Hemlock, the first Chrestomanci books); and then there's other of her stuff that I... don't understand how she can write both the stuff I adore and also this. There's the weird thing she does with POV, for instance: like an amalgam of tight-third and omniscient. And then there's the thing where the magical boy hero always has a distant mother and a duplicitous father-figure (I don't think it's ever his actual father - in most of the Chrestomanci books it's an uncle). It got predictable quite a while ago now, y'know?
And I kind of wonder if she knew. And if I've got things like that. I already know that there's a certain character-type I always kill, but is there anything else I've missed?
I'm at chapter 5 now; I'll probably skim the rest to see if anything new happens.