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30 Dec 2004
A Free Man of Color / Fever Season / Sold down the River / Wet Grave - Barbara Hambly - Bantam Books, 1998 / 1999 / 2001 / 2003
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It occurred to me the other day to wonder just what the star system I've been using at the top of these reviews actually measures. Is it an indicator of my assessment of a book's literary merit, or some attempt to quantify the amount of pleasure it gave me in reading it? The answer is a bit of both, with the emphasis on the latter. This is particularly relevant to these books, because here there is a definite divergence. There is no doubt that in terms of characterisation, plotting, setting and message they are superb. I just didnt enjoy them much, and I am very hard put to say why.
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