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April 27th, 2010

April 27th, 2010
09:38 pm


Book review: Dragon Precinct
With today's review of Dragon Precinct by Keith R. A. DeCandido I will be caught up on my reviews.

This tells a complete story in a new world.  There are mild hints that it was supposed to be the start of a series, but no other books.

This book had been sitting on my to-be-read shelf for an indeterminate long time and I no longer actually recall where I got it.  I had a rough idea of what the book was about that turned out to have been wrong; where I was expecting an urban fantasy with a police theme, I got a police procedural in a standard sword and sorcery setting.  I don't read straight mysteries, not because I don't like them but simply because there is so mush sf and fantasy that I'm constantly overwhelmed, and I just don't want to take on another genre.  So the only time I read books like this is the occasional crossover into sf or fantasy, and I'm not a seasoned connoisseur.  The policeman's life may be pretty cliche, and the fantasy setting is somewhat deliberately so, but the mashup of the two actually works pretty well.  Unfortunately, the crime turns out to invoke a plot device that I really hate; it's more tolerable in fantasy than in sf, but it still torques me off.  I'm avoiding saying what it is because it's a spoiler, and the real mystery fan may want to actually try to solve the case without hints.  It's written in a clear, spare style well suited to the mystery story, with a good mix of tongue-in-cheek cliches and real social commentary.  It's fun, but it's not deeply memorable, and that plot device I hate does color my feeling.

I think I'll give it a 7 out of 10.

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