All the Time in the World

My taste in reading material is wide and varied: SF/fantasy/"speculative fiction", mysteries (police procedurals, mostly), history, fanfic, straight fiction, smutty vampire books, biographies, poetry, cereal boxes, assembly instructions, the fine print, and your mind.

Silence and Shadows

Silence and Shadows - James Long The opening segment of this book was SO densely phrased - snippets like "The earth was soaked in light, puddled silver by the storm, an eldritch light meant for the eyes of foxes, as hard as a welding spark" and "...he stood motionless in the top field, which wrapped itself over the brow of the hill like a grass handkerchief on a bald man's head" - my initial reaction was "there's no way the entire book can go on like this - it's too affected." But once the story got going, the writing became much more "normal" - and that initial, almost poetic introduction gave the main characters a mythic quality, like they were all fated to be brought together in this situation. In any case, I ended up really liking the characters - it's difficult to write a character who is hugely flawed and still manage to make them appealing, and all too often I also see characters that are so good they're hardly human. Long does a pretty good job (with a few understandable exceptions) of finding a realistic balance.