argross at bigpond.net.au
Tue Sep 16 09:05:44 EDT 2003
> Just finished MM.
So did I.
> | American schools do nearly always have full kitchens.
> Though they aren't often called "refectory" in the US.
> It felt sort of US/English blend, to me, in the Scholastic edition. It
> also made me somewhat sad, as the Seventh Tower books did. Nix has such
> great idea, but these last two series his writing has been of a lower
> quality. He frequently used "Arthur knew instinctively" as a shortcut
> way to let us know whether somebody was a good guy or bad guy, rather
> than showing us with character development. And there was serious
> overuse of exclamation points. The story seems potentially fascinating
> -- sort of World of Darkness meets His Dark Materials. I wish he were
> writing it at top form.
I haven't read the Seventh Tower books, but I agree with you that the
writing is not up to the standard of the Sabriel/Lirael/ Abhorsen books.
Frequently the sentences feel clunky, using the kind of "telling" shorthands
you describe, instead of "showing". To me, the main characters feel like
sketches, not the full-blooded characters of his earlier work. Sometimes the
writing really comes to life, but it was quite uneven.
I also agree that the ideas were fascinating and exciting. As with you, they
reminded me a little of "His Dark Materials"--and I really do want to
continue reading the series--but I'm disappointed in the quality of the
> "Buffy, duck."
> "What duck? There's a duck?"
> <gets hit on head>
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