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A mishmash of my favorite tropes!
November 26, 2017
A mishmash of my favorite tropes! I love stories that explore utilizing the full capacity of the brain. I also loved the combination of that idea with wizards and spirits. Some authors take the safe route and only explore one or two tropes at a time, but I liked the combination here.
The characterization is done well, maybe a bit too well! The MC grew on me, and the other protagonist-type characters were very likable. The characters we aren't supposed to like are absolutely insufferable and I wanted to strangle them through the page. For example, the overbearing boss annoyed the heck out of me. It was a bit annoying how everyone freaked out that work hours increased from 9-5 to 9-6, since I work from 9-7 personally. I guess it depends on the job. The boss seemed unrealistic to me in that he would demand another hour from his workers but he himself would leave at 3, per narration of the MC. I prefer my evil characters to be ones I can empathize with, since without that they come off a bit hollow. I would have liked the story more if it didn't dwell on the menial corporate job since I didn't find it really tying into the story, other than it gave the MC something to live for.
I also found the prose a bit wordy and some beginner writer no-nos, like describing the MC's appearance by having them stare at themselves in a mirror, but those types of things weren't glaring. The book itself was clearly well-edited and overall this was a very enjoyable read!