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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-04-14 06:36
Subject: [books] The Bone Doll's Twin by Lynn Flewelling
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I just finished reading Lynn Flewelling's book The Bone Doll's TwinPowells | BN ]. That was a fun and creepy book.

Now, usually in my lexicon "fun" and "creepy" don't have a high overlap. I've never been a big fan of horror movies, for example. Yet I do like reading both New Weird and dark fantasy as subgenres, so clearly this isn't a profound impediment to my ability to enjoy literature.

Flewlling's book is fantasy of the "hidden prince" theme, except with some pretty strange twists. She's not afraid to go to the most darkly logical corners of the arc her plot and characters follow. That's part of the fun. The sheer, bizarre creepiness that infuses this book borders on the delightful, and raises The Bone Doll's Twin above the usual mark of such fantasies. Not to mention the seeping dread that infused the story.

This was a fun read. I'm going to be seeking out the next two books in her Tamir trilogy to see how it all comes out.

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Terie Garrison
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Date: 2012-04-14 13:57 (UTC)
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It's a FANTASTIC series. As is her Nightrunner series, set in the same world but with a very different flavour.

Also? 'The Bone Doll's Twin' has got to be one of the best titles evah.
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User: muntahz
Date: 2012-04-14 15:23 (UTC)
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I love that book and think she is fabulous. She came to DragonCon years ago when the Gothic Horror track strated. Storm Constintine was the person in charge and it was FABULOUS!
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Jim Hetley
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Date: 2012-04-14 15:53 (UTC)
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More where that came from . . .
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2012-04-14 23:45 (UTC)
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I'll only say this because I wish someone had warned me: "The Bone Doll's Twin" is a truly wonderful book, and it's also far and away the best thing Flewelling's ever written. The following books are the merest shadows of that first volume and are likely to retrospectively taint your impression of it. I know it's impossible advice to follow, but I'd give them a pass and savor the wonderful impression of that first novel if I were you.

Kai in NYC
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