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Sin du Jour: The First Course: Envy of Angels, Lustlocked, Pride's Spell (A Sin du Jour Affair) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B01N3LE75E
- Publisher : Tordotcom (January 10, 2017)
- Publication date : January 10, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 1156 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 422 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #474,179 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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That didn't last very long. Which, mind you, is testament to Wallace's skill; yes, Lustlocked ends on a brutal cliffhanger, but more than that, I just wanted more of this world - more chaos, more horror, more insanity, and more fun. And, without getting too specific, I'm glad I did all three of these so close together; the first three volumes of the series end up comprising a pretty satisfying trilogy in ways I didn't expect, even as they left me excited that there are four more entries in the series still waiting for me to read.
Over the course of the novellas, Wallace proves that Envy of Angels, with its glorious tale of angels, chicken nuggets, and demon wars, was no fluke, finding new ways to deliver gleeful anarchy and chaos. In Lustlocked, this kitchen crew caters a wedding for The Goblin King (who turns out to be, well, yes, that Goblin King), only to have someone sneak some extra ingredients into the dishes that have a most, um, unusual effect on the patrons. How this results in a malevolent Droopy Dog hologram, to say nothing of all the lizards, well, that's for the readers to see. And Pride's Spell is equally (and wonderfully) bonkers, delivering a tale of ancient Hollywood executives feeding on interns, a most unexpected team of assassins, and a long-simmering revenge plan that certainly plays into the series' taste for excess.
But for all of the insanity, somehow, Wallace makes it all work, turning what could easily feel excessive or exhausting into a wild ride whose anarchy is instead one of its greatest assets. The novella length of each volume helps this - Wallace keeps his stories lean and his plotting tighter than you might expect, delivering satisfying arcs in brief packages. Beyond that, though, he brings his characters to life by investing us in this world and the success of the catering company, always giving every insane thing real stakes that are easy to wrap our heads around.
The end result is a true joy to read - it's funny, entertaining, splattery, unpredictable, but more than anything else, it's fun, which is something that not every book remembers to be. The characters keep me coming back, but the real star is the complicated, bewildering, surprising world that Wallace is slowly building with each new volume, creating his own gloriously off-kilter reality just below the surface of ours. And I'm quite excited to get back to it soon in volume four.
I must admit I did not expect much of this, not having heard of the series nor the author and being a bit sceptical about the foodie setting.
However, this was a surprisingly good read. well written, interesting characters with development. The foodie-angle is refreshing and not overdone, what is there fits naturally in the flow of the narrative. A plus from me.
I bought all the others books in the series after reading this.
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Still excellent books.