In One Word

In One Word, Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire is…

down among the sticks and bones

Ominous

  • Overdid it a bit in the real world and showing how badly Jack and Jill’s parents warped their perception of the world.
  • Malicious nature of the world is very well portrayed with classic McGuire flair and none of the characters ever seem one-dimensional with the possible exception of the Master.
  • I’m vividly reminded of classic children’s literature with constant satirical asides to the reader and learning on the fourth wall to wonder how things could have been if the characters had acted differently.
  • Not a lot of mystery in this if you’ve read the previous book but that doesn’t stop you enjoying it.
  • Oh, I was not expecting a lesbian relationship, especially not such an excellent one!
  • Usual tragedy tropes are present in the climax – a character is the instrument of their ultimate downfall. The book is a tragedy – we all know what’s going to happen in the end and there’s nothing we can do to stop it, no matter how much we want to.
  • Setting up the nice for the previous book nicely but make sure you’ve read the first book before reading this as this contains some very heavy spoilers.
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