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  •  What's the name (2+ / 0-)
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    of the fantasy novel set in Europe? Sounds interesting.
    I had the same experience with Connie Willis's books set in London--there is a LOT of geography in there, including the subway tunnels which were used as bomb shelters in WWII. I had some memory of these from my visits years ago but my husband knows London even better so we had fun discussing this.
    She does wonderful things with cathedrals...but I won't say anything else, don't want to spoil it.

    I love it that Obama's channeling Harry Truman: "I don't give 'em hell; I just tell the truth and they think it's hell!"

    by sillia on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 09:26:24 AM PST

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    •  Sounds more interesting than it was (3+ / 0-)
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      It began with the people of a medieval town committing an atrocity against a woman for witchcraft - and her dying words curse them all.

      The alleged heroine of the story starts her part in this with a visit to NYC. A young woman from Europe taking a vacation, on impulse she gets her fortune told - and discovers she has been chosen to right an ancient wrong. Why or how isn't quite made clear, or why she has to go all the way to New York to find out about unraveling the curse when it's back in her home town.

      The book bounces back and forth between little episodes of the curse working out on the townsfolk, and the woman dabbling around with magic to try and figure out what is going on - and how she is supposed to fit into it.

      The main character has a lot of room for development - but spends most of the story being completely oblivious to the dangerous stuff she's playing with. The story is full of warnings and lots of ominous foreshadowing which she never seems to pick up on.

      The story builds to a cliffhanger after a rather unsettling sex scene - and then having 'lit the fuse' it abruptly ends, to be picked up in the next book in the series.

      I decided I'd seen enough. I really had to work to get to the end, such as it was.

       

      "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

      by xaxnar on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 04:04:34 PM PST

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      •  Title? (1+ / 0-)
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        Thanks for the review, it sounds like it does have weaknesses but interesting nonetheless.

        I love it that Obama's channeling Harry Truman: "I don't give 'em hell; I just tell the truth and they think it's hell!"

        by sillia on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 08:45:10 AM PST

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        •  Okay, here you go (2+ / 0-)
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          "Come Hell or High Water: Part 1 Wellspring" by Stephen Morris. Here's the link to the paperback. I went with the Kindle edition.
          http://www.amazon.com/...

          "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

          by xaxnar on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 02:34:45 PM PST

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          •  Thanks, appreciate it! (2+ / 0-)
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            I'll see if it's something I'd like to read. Usually I stay away from anything with 'occult' in it but this seems different.

            I like medieval stuff, especially if they have plagues and Black Death and stuff. That's why I liked Connie Willis' Doomsday Book so much.

            I love it that Obama's channeling Harry Truman: "I don't give 'em hell; I just tell the truth and they think it's hell!"

            by sillia on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 07:14:26 PM PST

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