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An Unclean Legacy
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About the Author
Jenna Katerin Moran has naturally curly hair. She has a compsci doctorate. She’s written some other books, including the RPG Nobilis. She thinks you’re cool.
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Dr. Moran's prose is as amazing as ever, moving from comedy to tragedy deftly and swiftly. If you're interested in a moving story where soulless girls grapple with the Devil while the Devil's child, who mistakenly believes herself to be a ninja, considers seppuku, this is the ebook for you.
What Ms. Moran's work does in this book is to wrap a story about creation, salvation, damnation, angels and devils, and the interplay of family ties around a world that is vibrant in "newness" but familiar at the same time. Writers like James Joyce, for example (Finnegan's Wake) sometimes so densely pack their prose with meaning that a separate concordance is needed to figure out all of the allusions. Unclean Legacy is not as complex as all that, but there are sections in there (the "back story" of creation about 1/3 the way through comes to mind) that are absolutely fascinating in their interpretation of the "powers" that moved in centuries past.
I will leave this review with one more thought: If you enjoyed writers like Neil Gaiman dealing with gods that roam the Earth but still retain some of their power (American Gods, Anansi Boys, etc.), Ms. Moran evokes well that same "playing with dangerous themes" that those books deal with. I really enjoy books that seem to draw back the veil and attempt to show the impossibly potent forces that move behind our perceptions of reality.
If you haven't, it's a book about dysfunctional families, angels and demons and several less easily categorizable entities, twins, promises, and inheritances of several sorts. The tone ranges from amusing to emotionally moving and back without feeling disjointed or random, in a way that reminds me of Jack Vance's better stories.
If you like Jack Vance and Lord Dunsany, it's definitely worth a read.
I'm pretty sure this is literally true; I've never seen writing like hers, which deftly combines deepest tragedy, complex mythology, and pop culture into something profoundly moving and fantastic. Maybe Neil Gaiman can pull it off. On a good day.
This is the story of a wizard, and his seven children, and his lost bride who (among her other virtues) wanted to put the wings of eagles onto wolverines. It is about the family of the devil; of blue essentials, which will make your head hurt if you think about them too hard; of walking mechanical houses, and the nature of choice, of evil, of damnation, and ninjutsu. Ultimately, it is almost impossible to put down, even at the very end.
There's also a centipede who is sworn to destroy Christmas. I'm just saying.
A sure fire hit for fans of her earlier works, and an opportunity for new readers to discover how Moran's flowing prose paints a picture that is both beautiful and wonderfully unique.