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Midnight Blue-Light Special

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Midnight Blue-Light Special (2013) Seanan McGuire

midnight-blue-light-specialSo… I had pre-ordered this, and then it sat, unread, for… ten months.

I think, first and foremost, it’s a sign that I’ve become predominately an eBook reader. (Further evidence? The last Cat and Bones book is sitting on my coffee table, staring at me, wondering why I haven’t read it yet. Because I freaking love EVERYTHING Jeaniene Frost writes, and yet… there it sits.)

This is the second book in the InCryptid series, and–surprisingly–the closure of Verity’s story arc, which was both surprising and pleasing. We get to keep the same world, but spend it with different characters, which is good, because I love the world building.

Verity? Well, I don’t dislike her. But I can’t she’s my favorite fictional character to spend time with. She’s not annoying, she’s strong and self-reliant, which are good things. I suppose she just feels like someone I wouldn’t have anything to talk about with in read life.

That said, the world building is AWESOME. I love the Aeslin mice. I mean, what’s not to love about a group that spends a week calling Verity’s boyfriend “the God of Absolutely Never Smiling, No, Not Ever.”

And “The Sacred Ritual of Packing All the Crap” is ALSO awesome.

There was a weird thing. This is–I swear–the third story of read in recent years in which a manananggal made an appearance. (The first was Carrie Vaughn’s story in both “Those Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives” (2011) edited by Justin Gustainis and also Paula Guran’s “Weird Detectives”. And I really think there was another story with a manananggal in it, but I can’t figure out what it was.) It’s such a strange creature, it’s really hard to forget.

So, it was a good story, I loved the world building, and I’ll be interested to read the next book, which doesn’t star Verity.
Rating: 6.5/10

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