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Something to Curse About: A Discord Jones Novel (Volume 2) Paperback – January 15, 2014
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On New Year's Eve 2000, the stroke of midnight returned magic, both light and dark, to the world.
Discordia Jones missed it.
Struck down at that same instant like a cut-rate Cinderella/Sleeping Beauty mash up, she awakened three years later to a far stranger life, and saddled with psychic abilities.
Working as a private investigator for Arcane Solutions only brings on more strangeness.
At least there aren't talking mice...
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I have this rule of only reading the Kindle at the gym and I found myself spending 2-3x as long on the bike so I could read more. When the bikes were taken I even experimented with settings on the treadmill until I could walk and read without tripping and hitting my face on the E-stop.
I have been at a loss for words the past few days because I want to write a review that will do this book-- and the series--justice. I can't. The foreshadowing, the tightly-woven plot and subplots, the magical twists on current events, the fresh takes on old mythical creatures, they merge so well and without any wasted words it's impossible for me to describe without spoilers. Sometimes I like books to have pages of scenery, weather and wardrobe described, but if this series did that it would feel out of pace with Cordi's speed and wit. I'd still say it's "cinematic", but in a pre-Save the Cat Indie sort of way, not a cookie cutter Hollywood "let's see how many SFX we can fit in while you wait for something to happen" sort of way.
And it's funny. So funny!
You don't need to read the first one to understand what's going on here. This case relies heavily on dogs so if pets, mysteries and magic are your things you should check it out.
It moves really fast, and has great character development, and lots of action.
There's also a solid mystery to be solved, that doesn't get lost in all the supernatural devices. (Like so many books of this genre do!)
There's a large cast supporting characters are really engaging, and are easy to tell apart! (Another problem I sometimes run into)
I think this is shaping up to be a truly terrific series, and one I plan to follow till the end!
Can't wait till the next one!!!
When I walked away from the Anita Blake series, pretty fed up with the whole "soft-porn-in-lieu-of-actual-plots-and-oh,-yeah,-any-kind-of-mystery,-too" thing, (And I am NO prude, mind you), I missed the early AB's. Back when she worked in an agency, beheaded Vamps, fought wrongdoers, and kicked ass. I tried Kim Harrison for a while, and a host of others, but none really "did it for me," not the way the first 3-4 AB's had done.
But this series comes damned close. I like Discord's character, and while I think she could use some fleshing out, who doesn't when they are 22? I have to frequently remind myself that she IS very, very young, and that explains a lot of her lack of depth. She also spent 3 formative years (15-18) in a coma, so...a teeny-weeny bit shallow, which, humorously, she even discusses with herself, in this book.
This book is definitely darker than the first. If you're an animal-lover, there are a) things FOR you in here, and b) things that might upset you in here. It's patently clear that the author loves her critters, and that type of love shines through in this book. You can feel it; in fact, it feels more real to me than the whole boyfriend angle. I don't want to say more, as I don't believe in spoilers in REVIEWS.
The reviewer who posted the spoiler (what's WRONG with you people, anyway?) did mention that he had to skim through a major plotline element. Interestingly, I found that I was also speed-reading it, and I don't know if that's because it freaked me out, or bogged just a bit. What I *do* know is that I couldn't wait to read the next one, and, oh yeah: the one after that. There are four Discord Jones books now, and I devoured the last 3, pretty happily.
That same sort-of-claustrophobic/trapped plotline element, though, led to major "ability" and plot developments, all of which I feel seriously add to the story--as I said, animal-lovers alight here! The cause was righteous, the punishment just..what else can you ask for? The series is FUNNY, which I appreciate; not slapstick, not quite Evanovich, but very humorous.
Many of the previous characters show up here: Illy, Percy, David, Kate (it's true--sometimes, you feel like you need a Character list to reference), the yummy but devious Thorandryll (naughty elf), Logan...(hmmm)...and the rest. Leglin is back, in a major way, and continues to grow as a character--so to speak. For fans of mythology, fantasy...there are tidbits here for almost everyone.
I do recommend that those who liked early AB give these a try. Having read all four to date, I can say that you can see the author's skill developing, as these books become a bit deeper and richer. The fourth--which I'll review shortly--is a real treat, particularly for big readers.