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  • Such An Imaginative Sequel - Spoiler Free

    If you are like me, and loved Gideon the Ninth, then you will certainly love this book too. It's written in a different style than Gideon, and it certainly takes a while to understand exactly what's going on, but have faith in Muir as an author, because you are greatly rewarded at the completion of this second book in the trilogy. At times, especially early on in the story, I almost felt like it wasn't a sequel to Gideon. The story feels very different, and almost feels disconnected from what happened in the first book. But I trusted that this was something Muir was doing intentionally to tell the story in the unique way she has in telling stories. And I wasn't wrong. Through the climax, everything is made clear in a way that had a physical smile across my face as I was reading. The humour that I came to love in the first book is still here. In fact, several times, my partner said, "stop! There is no way something written in a book can be THAT funny." But we all know, through Muir, it is. I absolutely love this book and it's predecessor. And I cannot wait until the third book, Alecto the Ninth, is unleashed on my brain. Buy this book. Read it. You will not be disappointed.

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  • Moments of fun. A few big payoffs.

    I found too much of this title to be creating mystery with the promise of future payoff, without spending enough time allowing the characters a chance to play their roles. This isn't to say I didn't like this chapter in the trilogy, there just wasn't enough of what made "Gideon" so great, for me to love it. Prepare to be confused. Prepare to be patient. The point of view pays off, along with a lot of the build up to Act 4, but 2&3 bled out a lil too long in my opinion. Nonetheless, I simply can't wait for book 3!

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  • I have so many questions

    Very different in style from the first book, but definitely still very enjoyable. This book spends a lot of time building up a mystery that it never really fully resolves; there are many questions that it leaves us to ask after the fact, but I am still super interested to know what those answers are.

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  • Confusing as hell

    I mean, the book is great, but I think I’ll need to read it a few more times before I actually know what the devil is going on.

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  • Artsy, divergent

    Very, very unlike Gideon the Ninth, so if that's what you're after, you'll be disappointed. This book plays with narrative structure and viewpoint in a way that will absolutely be frustrating to anyone looking for a traditional story with a rational, easy to follow plot. For one thing, if you can't handle second person, proceed with caution. About half of the book is written with it. As someone who enjoys experimental writing, and wasn't overly attached to Gideon the Ninth (I thought it was fun but shallow), I thought this book might be right up my alley. It wasn't. It's artsy, but there was little substance to it. You spend a lot of time in Harrow's head, and very little ever happens. She doesn't even grow much -- by the end of the book, she's still the same character she was at the beginning. The contents of this book are mostly just angst and aesthetic, and an overwhelmingly edgy aesthetic at that. If you're familiar with Poe's poems, you'll immediately get the sense that author was the type of high school goth who memorized them. A character even quotes Annabel Lee at one point, which nearly made my eyes roll out of my head. We get it, everyone's in love with dead people. OK. I stuck with the book because I was attached to Harrow, and I remain very fond of her. I'll put up with a lot for the sake of brooding, socially inept gay girls. And I'll read the next book because I'm genuinely interested in seeing what happens to her, but not because I deeply enjoyed this one.

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