Tag: Cassandra Clare

Michael-Israel Jarvis – Osric Fingerbone and the Spring of Jacks | Review

Title: Osric Fingerbone and the Spring of Jacks

Author: Michael-Israel Jarvis

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 274

Rating: 3.5/5

 

Michael-Israel Jarvis - Osric Fingerbone and the Spring of Jacks

Michael-Israel Jarvis – Osric Fingerbone and the Spring of Jacks

 

This is the fourth  and most recent of Jarvis’s books that I’ve read, and while I don’t think it’s his best, it was still pretty good. It’s also the second book in the Osric Fingerbone series, and so if you haven’t read Osric Fingerbone and the Boy Murderer, I’d recommend starting with that. I preferred the first one anyway, but also this one continues on from where the first book left off and so you’d be mad to read it out of order.

What’s great about this book – and about Jarvis’ writing in general – is that the world-building is top-notch. The entire book is set in an alternate version of Edwardian London (called ‘Londun‘) and we have places like Brummagem, Norwych and Mancester. It’s our world, but it’s our world if magic and alchemy had powered the industrial revolution instead of science and technology. In that respect, it’s almost reminiscent of Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices books, except better.

My only complaint here is that I struggled to follow the plot at times, and I think part of that is because it’s been too long since I read the first book and the author almost assumes that you know the world as well as he does. The thing is that I feel as though it’s my own fault as a reader, although I would suggest that if you read and enjoy the first book, you should move straight on to the second. Still, it was fun!

 

Michael-Israel Jarvis

Michael-Israel Jarvis

 

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Cassandra Clare – Clockwork Prince | Review

Title: Clockwork Prince

Author: Cassandra Clare

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 512

Rating: 2.5/5

 

Cassandra Clare - Clockwork Prince

Cassandra Clare – Clockwork Prince

 

Yeah, I’m still not a fan of this series. The Mortal Instruments has been okay so far, but both of The Infernal Devices books that I’ve read have been so dull and lifeless. I don’t like Clare’s depiction of Victorian London, mainly because I don’t think she actually bothers to do it too much, and I feel as though these books could just as easily be set anywhere else in the world at any time period given that they spend most of their time inside Shadowhunter institutes or whatever anyway.

I was also under the impression that this was supposed to be urban fantasy, whereas the two books so far have just been romance novels with maybe ten pages of fantasy thrown in. This one has a love triangle in, a trope which I’ve always hated, and Will Herondale is such an asshole that it physically pains me to read about him. I hope he dies in the next book. This book tried to explain why he’s such a douchecanoe, but I don’t think it’s any excuse.

Not that I really care for the other characters, either. Tessa is a wet blanket, Jem is okay but again, because such a big deal is made about the fact that he’s dying, I hope that he does actually die so that it’s not all a big cop out at the end of the next one. I’m pretty sure that some cure will be found or something, though. In fact, if her other books are anything to go by then he’ll die and be brought back to life, which is another thing that I hate. Death isn’t a joke and shouldn’t be used so lightly, and Cassandra Clare isn’t the only author to devalue it by constantly killing and resurrecting her characters.

 

Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare

 

But I’m going off on a tangent. Part of the problem for that is that I just don’t have too much to say about this book. Nothing much happened because like I say, it was all about romance. A bunch of different people hooked up and then hooked up with other people like some giant game of pass the parcel where you don’t want to see what’s inside. Then it ended, and I already can’t remember what actually happened. And I only finished it a couple of hours ago.

Granted, I’m not necessarily the target audience for this book, but The Mortal Instruments series is at least tolerable. With this one, I’m just so over it and the thing I liked about it the most was the fact that it had massive print. When your favourite thing about a book is the size of the print, you have to start asking yourself questions about why you’re even reading it, and I’m actually not sure. I’d have given up on Clare’s books by now if it wasn’t for the fact that I’m buddy reading them with some friends. Eh. Yeah, I definitely wouldn’t re-read.

 

Cassandra Clare Quote

Cassandra Clare Quote

 

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