Reviewing ‘The Glass Magician’

I think I made a mistake, picking this one up. I was hoping for more worldbuilding, but mostly what I got was these wrong characters in the wrong setting with the wrong plot. I feel like screaming “You had such PROMISE!” the same way Obi-Wan screamed, “You were the Chosen One!” on Mustafar.

I don’t want to hate our main character, Ceony, but I think I’m three-quarters of the way there. She just needs to be carefully cut out and pasted into a more suitable book, like a cozy mystery where she gets to be a mommyblogger who solves crime on the side. Because I’m THISCLOSE to kidnapping Charlie N Holmberg and making her watch Upstairs, Downstairs while duct-taped to a chair.

We did get some more worldbuilding, but it took the 60-70% of the book to build up enough steam to get there. Honestly, the real plot of these books is the TIRESOME will-they-won’t-they between Ceony and her mentor Magician Thane, and the cool stuff with the magic is more of a subplot. And that is disappointing.

It does have some natural conflict because of course Magician Aviosky, Ceony’s supervisor, is NOT OKAY with the budding romance, and it’s perfectly legit, what with the power differential between student and teacher and all, but I wonder why the hell did you not hire a chaperone for Ceony. That was a pretty normal-ass thing to do for the times.

Not that it would exactly prevent such a romance, but then she’d be less antsy about having Ceony alone with a man. Just an easily-solved conflict like that being used as a plot convenience really bugs me.

But anyway SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS, etc.

The actually interesting plot is about the cohorts of Lira, the villain of the last book, trying to track Ceony down to discover how she defeated her. We learn more about Gaffing, which is glass magic, and I’m having another Mustafar moment because that stuff is actually interesting, what with spying and magical teleportation through mirrors and stuff.

And we discover that magicians CAN break their one-true-only bond with their material to switch with another. And while Ceony chooses to stay with paper magic, she never once thinks about Smelting, which supposedly caused her so much angst in the first book.

This could have made it SO MUCH MORE INTERESTING because turning into a Smelter would solve all the red-tape-type conflict about having a relationship with Thane. He wouldn’t be her teacher, and they could date and hold hands and suck face without any problems. But that would cause NEW conflict because he’s taught her to love Folding for itself, which is only BETTER, plot-wise. We could have some REAL STAKES, but she opts out of it entirely.

obi wan chosen one

 

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Reviewing ‘The Paper Magician’

“The Paper Magician” by Charlie N Holmberg is some good creative stuff. Ceony Twill is a student magician being placed in an apprenticeship to Paper Magician Emery Thane. This means being magically bonded to paper and being unable to do any other kind of magic, when she wanted very much to be bonded with metal. Then Bad Stuff happens to Thane, and Ceony recklessly plunges off to adventure in order to save him. It’s the first book of a series, too.

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Ask me about my yarn

General

  1. How did you first learn your craft?  My mom taught me crochet when I was young to keep me occupied.
  2. How old were you when you first learned to craft? Shoot, I don’t remember exactly. 10?
  3. What was the first project you completed? Really ugly potholder.
  4. What would you like to make next? Cardigans.
  5. Do you use stitch markers? Sometimes, especially when I’m working in the round.
  6. Do you watch or listen to anything while you craft? I watch TV I don’t mind missing some bits of. I can’t watch my anime because I’m not good enough to follow Japanese without reading subtitles.
  7. What aspect of your craft is the most challenging to you? I like learning new stitches, but what I should start paying to is how the fabric I make works, like drape and weight and shit. Also fit, for things I want to try like cardigans. Also color coordination.
  8. Which of your past projects are you the most proud of? An afghan with nice autumnal colors in a shell stitch pattern. I utilized the colors nicely.

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Reviewing ‘Blood Song’

This feels like Not a Real Review because “Blood Song” is a short prequel to Robert Mullin’s series that starts properly with “Bid the Gods Arise.” Why didn’t I do that instead? “Blood Song” was free for Kindle as a promotion that I only found out about because we have some internet acquaintances in common.

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Scientific Railgun > Magical Index

I didn’t actually get very much into either of these, but I made it through one season of Railgun while only just a couple episodes of Index. Why?

Characters

Whatshisface from Magical Index is just some bland motherfucker. Yeah he’s supposed to be the Everyday Guy, but what the hell is his actual personality? He’s nice sometimes, in a vague way? A little stubborn? What’s his motivation? He’s nice sometimes, in a vague way? A little stubborn? He spends way too much damn time whining, then. And there’s something just off-putting about a harem building around this Nice-ish Guy.

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