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Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Mini-Review: Hunted by Kevin Hearne
Iron Druid series has become my own special
sort of cotton candy – it’s light, fluffy, I know it’s bad for me, but I enjoy
it a lot anyway. While it’s billed as series, it’s more of a serial to me – the
books have much more in common with episodes than actual novels. And there is
nothing bad about that, except that treating like a series rather than a serial
will probably mean it ends soon than it should.
Anyway, Hunted (Indiebound, Book Depository,
Amazon) is the most episodic entry in the series so far. It picks up directly
after the cliffhanger ending of Trapped
(my review, Indiebound, Book Depository, Amazon) and consists entirely of
Atticus and company fleeing from a few Greek and Roman gods trying to kill
them. Yes, it still has the same humor, the fun wish-fulfillment action and all
that. And of course the ending is something of a cliffhanger for the next
episode, Shattered, which I’ll happily consume when it is released.
My only real
complaint (keeping things in the context of my opening sentence), is that
Hearne does a truly terrible job of writing the point of view of Granuaile.
They read like a 13-year old girl’s private essay of life where she is trying
like hell to sound profound – or perhaps a 14 year old boy’s imagining of such.
They do not read like the point of view of a grown woman with full agency and
independence from male imagined feminine ideals. If the points of view are
going to be so bad – keep it to Atticus and the dog.
these books are nothing more than fun asides from someone who lives in Arizona
and sets events in places I’ve been. I’ll keep reading and enjoying, but keep
in mind the context of my enjoyment if you’re looking for a recommendation.