mordicai caeli (mordicai) wrote,
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alchemy of stone by ekaterina sedia.

this is an odd duck. i think it wasn't so great, despite all the constant blogosphere buzz surrounding it. the cover i have is a more brom-ish looking, fyi. the writing isn't that great, & i'm kind of unsure where it is meant to be shelved: is this teen fiction or what? things seem awkward; the automata's relationship with her maker is probably the best part: the others seem forced, weird. also, just a weird "fuck" in the middle & no other swearing? a weird tongue-in-the-keyhole oral sex moment? which at least lingers in the rest of the book. the best thing about it was the alchemy-- it seemed internally consistant, made sense, acted evocatively on the story. so there you have it.
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