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Spice and Wolf, Vol. 9: The Town of Strife II - light novel Paperback – August 20, 2013
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lets just say the series continues on as amazing as ever.
not relying on fighting to keep people enthralled but rather the plots, schemes, and character interaction.
the one thing i will spoil is that having Col in the group really seems natural now.
can't w8 for book 10!
Why the 3 star review? I think the economics discussed in this latest book were just plain silly. It's not that it's hard to understand - it just doesn't make sense. The author does not explain why things are proceeding the way they are. I will not give any spoilers but it constantly makes you ask questions which are never fully answered. The lack of context at times makes it equally confusing. At times you just wonder "why don't the just do this?" or "how and why is this person so important to what's going on?" Some events happen and the author wants to just hop on board without asking questions. The economic principles in the earlier books were great but this last one is severely lacking. The worst part was a resolution that seemingly came out of nowhere. A huge plot was building up and at the climax something just flies in and everything just solves itself.
It lacks the old flair of Lawrence trying to outsmart Amarti, plotting with Milone trading, or even his original conspiring with Eve in the fur trade. Alongside the witty dialogue and interpersonal relationships of the characters, Spice and Wolf is known for and prides itself in the logical economic scenarios that challenge both Lawrence and the reader. The first books almost always present certain trading techniques and put Lawrence in a puzzling situation, giving the reader the tools and suspense to solve the riddle. The solutions were satisfying too. This book had none of that and instead just had a fairly incoherent sequence of events which you were expected to just accept. Stuff happened. Dont ask why it's happening this way. Just wait for the solution to come.
This book is great for the emotional and storytelling ride. Classic Spice and Wolf dialogue, tone, and atmosphere you would expect. However, the logical sequence of events leaves much to be desired as it leaves many questions without answers. The flow of events just wasn't fully explained and seemed improbable and strange. For this reason, I am not fully satisfied with this book in comparison to the rest of the series. Definite must read for Spice and Wolf fans, but it lacks the creativity and ingenuity of the older books.