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The Invisible Library

3/5. Irene works for a transdimensional library, which tasks her with retrieving a unique manuscript from a steampunk Britain with magic and fae and a Sherlock Holmes analog.

I liked this! I needed something uncomplicated – protip: don't read Illuminae when you are having a bad month – and this hit the spot. Bonus points for a protagonist who is some kind of queer, as yet unspecified; minus points for doing a lot of telling about the development of an unlikely friendship and not enough showing. But more bonus points for the actually terrible villain; minus points for the really really obvious setup for a later reveal which is going to be deeply wearisome Gosh, she doesn't know her own last name…and time moves differently in the library…including a pregnancy not progressing, it is implied…and the villain had a sister who had a child…no idea so mysterious gosh.

Date: 2017-03-01 04:18 am (UTC)
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Yes, I tried to explain that annoying bit by reminding myself that she doesn't know she's the protagonist in a story... it almost worked.

Date: 2017-03-04 02:56 am (UTC)
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I agree about the Big Spoiler but by the time we got there in the story, I was really in love with all the main characters (er, not the evil ones) and so I'm happy to enjoy their adventures as they wind towards an ending I'm pretty sure I can guess.

Date: 2017-03-04 03:04 am (UTC)
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:)

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