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Overall, I found the book dark and moody - as promised - but with vey little to say. Seven out of the ten stories left me feeling: "...your point?" This is a personal quirk and your mileage may very, but it greatly hindered my enjoyment.
With some exceptions, I was really disappointed with the treatment of women. Most of the female characters were either flat or only ever seen through the eyes of male characters. The inclusion of queer romances would also have been appreciated.
Breaking it down by story:
THE FINE ART OF FORTUNE TELLING - I really enjoyed this one. While I didn't entirely understand what was going on, it left me intrigued and wanting to reread.
TIES - I felt like the writing was strong, but the concept was pretty slightly cliche, though with a few interesting twists. The world-building really bothered me, though. WHY is it different for necromancers to bring their loved ones back to life than it is to bring other people's loved ones back to life? Without some kind of explanation - even something as simple as "emotion pollutes the spell" - it felt to me like a pointless morality tale with an element of "Because I said so, that's why."
DEAR DIARY - I found this one just...odd. It felt more like a joke than a story. There's enough character and setting to lead up to a punchline, but not enough to build a world.
CLOTHO - Again, odd. I feel like it's supposed to be mysterious, but mostly I was just confused. The rules of that particular world were incredibly important to the characters, but I could not figure out what they were.
POOF, JUST LIKE THAT - I loved the characters and the awkward awful complexity of their relationship. And then the story just...ended. It doesn't have any kind of arc; the ending is essentially "Well. That happened." It left me very disappointed.
STOP ERRORS: I LOVED this one. The sci-fi premise was eerie, with just enough world-building to hold everything together without bogging the story down, and I loved the ending. It was twisted and wistful.
QUASI-STELLAR: Mostly, this story just made me really uncomfortable, which was probably its intention, but that doesn't make me like it any better. The relationship creeped me out and the ending confused me.
THE PRISONER: This story came so close to working for me, but the ending just baffled me. Even if the ending hadn't, though, I feel like the premise deserves a novel to really explore the story.
ORACLE: I did not like this story at all. The concept is cliche and the characters felt very two dimensional. At no point did it do anything unexpected.
I PROMISE THE SUN SHALL RISE: I did really like this one. The dialogue can be painfully cheesy, but the story itself - the idea, the heart, the structure, and the narrative language - are just gorgeous.
Well, if I were to say any more about how wonderful the music on this cd is, I'd just be preaching to the choir. :) So I'll just make a couple comments.
1-See the movie before buying the soundtrack. It's really fun to have the scenes associated with the music (especially if you're listening to Grand Central in a car!)
2-The cd's only fault was that it doesn't have the song played during the credits. :( I liked that song, and I have no clue the title or singer. Can anybody here help?
The music is a bit light and airy than most instrumentals I listen to, a lot like sugar, but not a fault at all. :) I have a sweet tooth....Read more