Araby Worth lives in a ruined city that has been devastated by plague. Everything is miserable and decaying. It is unclear what city, country and year this book takes place in which adds to the atmosphere. Araby spends her nights at the Debauchery Club to escape into oblivion.
But one night she encounters Will and Elliot, two different men with secrets and agendas. Araby finally has something that makes her want to live: a curiosity about what is going on in the city.
This is a lush tragic tale that is very good. I’ll read the sequel when it comes out in 2013.
Kitty Steals The Show by Carrie Vaughn
This is the terrible 10th novel in the series. Kitty goes to London, England to be the keynote speaker at a conference on paranatural studies. There is a whole lot of padding in this book as Kitty is snippy, self righteous and trouble causing. This was boring. War is coming, blah blah blah. This was a waste of time.
Star Trek #96: Rihannsu Book 4 Honor Blade by Diane Duane
This follow on to ‘My Enemy, My Ally’, ‘The Romulan Way’ and ‘Swordhunt’ is sadly a boring morass of techno babble and cod philosophical chat. There is not enough Arrhae. It ends on a cliffhanger that war is about to rage like a yeast infection. The cliffhanger would be resolved in ‘The Empty Chair’ which was equally duff.
“Her glance at t’Siedhri’s back suggested she would like to see some edged implement buried in it - deep.”