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November 21st, 2006 - Phil's Rambling Rants

November 21st, 2006

November 21st, 2006
09:49 pm

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Book review: Singer of Souls
Today's book review is Singer of Souls by Adam Stemple.

Adam Stemple is a familiar name to me as a musician, so I picked this book up on a whim at OVFF to see how he was at writing novels.  He tells a compelling story about addiction that sounds like it comes from personal experience, and spins a fairly convincing metaphor of magic through music.  A pretty solid, enjoyable book, up until the end, with a series of events that break both the believability of the story and the identification with the characters.  Perhaps there is supposed to be some message in the ending that I am missing, but I just found it profoundly nasty, undermining the rest of the book.

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A good beginning and middle with a real train-wreck of an ending.  It was well on its way to at least an 8, but the ending leaves me feeling generous to give it a 5.

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