Ex Libris Kirkland

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First Written 2016
Genre Fiction
Origin US
Publisher Melville House
ISBN-10 1612195466
ISBN-13 978-1612195469
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First Read July 22, 2016

The Insides

This is a fun semi-scifi (urban fantasy?) yarn: one thread has Ollie, a recovering magic addict running into an unexpectedly powerful item during her normal work as a high-end butcher. The other thread has Maja, a Finder (someone with a plot-convenient ability to track the histories and locations of ... Things) employed by some weird crypto-fascist small-town weirdos to find (you guessed it!) that same powerful item. It's a fun read, and very cleverly written.

Clever is probably both its best strength and biggest shortcoming. It feels very 2016, in a way that feels great. Line it up for your next beach read!

Noted on July 25, 2016

Seriously, take one Cayce Pollard from Pattern Recognition, one side character from The Magicians, and you've got this book. Which is not bad; it was a fun read, and I tore through it. And Bushnell is funny, too, in a very 2016 flavor.

Noted on July 24, 2016

Exactly one half William Gibson and one half Lev Grossman. And prominently blurbed on the cover by Robin Sloan; how could I pass it up?

Noted on July 24, 2016

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