Mark Gritter (markgritter) wrote,
Mark Gritter

Treadwell's "Advent"

I finished James Treadwell's "Advent" which is a fantasy novel that really tries to emphasize how creepy and horrific modern people would find the emergence of magic. So it's almost horror-tinged. Unfortunately what this did for me was make all the characters unsympathetic wibblers. It's a decent story, though, and I'm interested enough to see where he's going in the sequel.

Unfortunately the mood was really quite ruined by a big infodump 2/3rds of the way through the book... mainly of things that were already implicit (I felt) or didn't need to be explained anyway. Also his 16th-century Faust (German of course) seems to carry on conversations with his spirits in modern English--- mostly this was OK (I could just read it as translation) until a third party could overhear him.
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