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Sep. 6th, 2011 07:50 pm
alitalf: Skiing in the 3 Valleys, France, 2008 (Default)
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I'm taking a break before I return to my work. I am trying to duplicate, and then find the cure for, an intermittent fault which occurs on my customer's premises, but not in the manufacturers nor, so far, in my own lab. I have seen the gadget crash, but so far, no matter how I mistreat it (even running it outside the spec.) it doesn't crash. I can't follow the XKCD approach, I need to find a way to make this thing function dependably before the end of the week.

It is time to think about something else for a few minutes. I've posted before about Seanan McGuire's books, particularly the ones under her pen name Mira Grant. Well, I enjoyed FEED and Deadline so much that I decided to find out what else she had written. The series written as Mira Grant is best described as science fiction thriller, while the "Toby Daye" series written under her own name is urban fantasy. I have often found that if I like a writer's science fiction, I am less enchanted with their fantasy, and vice-versa. Maybe one type of story benefits from a different writing style than the other. I don't know, because I haven't been able to spot the difference so far.

Whatever, I bought the first of the series at worldcon, and after the first couple of chapters I was sure I was going to enjoy the story, so I bought the other books in the series published to date, chased Seanan McGuire down, and asked her to sign them. As I said in my other post, she gave me a copy of the latest in the series, One Salt Sea, prior to its publication date. At the time I hadn't finished the second book, but a few days ago I finished the last one.
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At least in some parts of the world One Salt Sea has been published. I can highly recommend it, and the rest of the series. When reading the first two books, I could put them down if necessary. By the third, I was reading it when I should ideally have been doing other things, like sleeping. Since that book, to my mind the series has improved, and One Salt Sea is the best so far. Not every series gets better as it progresses. A few have done, and this is one of them.

Since a new book in the series has been published (latest at the bottom), there is a chance that bookshops will take the trouble to put earlier books on the shelves, so if you like urban fantasy, I suggest giving this series a look.

The premise of the series is that the fae, in many shapes and sizes, are among us, but have contrived so that humans don't notice them, or in rare cases, forget promptly. October Daye is a changeling. In this fantasy world, that refers to someone of mixed blood, rather than the traditional meaning. In the first book, she works as a private detective, is married, and has a child. Soon her main concern is staying alive, while investigating a murder. There is a time limit on the investigation, and she needs all the help she can get.

I can't say much more without serious spoilers.
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