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June 29th, 2006

June 29th, 2006
08:16 pm

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Book review: Ombria in Shadow
Today's book review is Ombria in Shadow by Patricia A. McKillip.

Actually, this is almost two weeks late; I finished reading the book while I was in Minnesota, and I haven't gotten to writing a review yet, so I'm writing this before I forget the book any more.

This was a confusing story.  It's about a kingdom in the "real world" overlayed by a "shadow world", and it's never really clear either what the shadow world is, who the people in it are, or where the boundaries are.  There are a couple of disturbing hints of time travel, but mostly, the stumbling block is just not quite understanding what's going on.  It's hard to tell how much is metaphor and how much is supposed to be actually happening.  The characters are interesting, and the plot somewhat as well.  And I'm sure that for some people, what I found confusing will be full of rich meaning.  But for me, it didn't entirely work.

It wasn't a bad read.  It was pretty good, but no more.  7 out of 10.

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