mjj (flemmings) wrote,
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Crown of Binding Thorns

House of Binding Thorns is pure Tanith Lee territory but it doesn't treat it in a Tanith Lee way at all: could not be more different, in fact. This is probably a good thing, because Lee is hot fudge sauce: a little goes a very long sweet cloying sticky way. But de Bodard is somehow too dry for my tastes as well. I'm not sure what the problem is but I noticed it in the Acatl books also. As if I'm being kept at arm's distance somehow from the events. Or maybe that the events are all tied up in plots and politics, which I find dull by nature: so that even with fallen angels and Vietnamese dragons and alchemical magicians and Paris in tatters, the atmosphere of the Pentagon Papers spreads its grey dust throughout.

ETA: *House* of Binding Thorns. The things my brain gets up to late at night...
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