Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Half-Off Ragnarok by Seanan Mcguire (InCryptid #3)



 

Reading a new InCryptid instalment feels a little like watching a new episode of a favourite series.
Your very favourite, quirky, insane series...

In this third volume the narrator is Alex Price, Verity's brother, and true to their surname _Price _ we get a full lesson on all Cryptid things.

Maybe it's me, and my current mood _I'm somewhat less enthusiastic about reading these days _ but I didn't feel very attached to this story.
Don't get me wrong! It's a great story and a treat for every inner InCryptid biologist. The humour and quirkiness were there as usual, but in the end I wanted a little more individual character development....
Alex is a Price, so he behaves like a Price...
His grandparents are a whole different species, so they behave in their own... species way!
And so on and on... if you get what I mean.
If felt a little predictable... in a "not so bad predictable kind of way", but I can't help feeling that it could be better!
Yes, I'm becoming pickier and pickier in my old age...

So why a four star rating?
Because the world building is freaking amazing _not fricken... aka, frogs with wings ;) _ the things the author comes up with... just feel unbelievably real in their insanity and amazing imagination; and giving it a 3.5 would feel kind of wrong considering the world building's awesomeness.
"Bogeyman (Vestiarium sapiens). The thing in your closet is probably a very pleasant individual who simply has issues with direct sunlight. Probably. Bogeymen are close relatives of the human race; they just happen to be almost purely nocturnal, with excellent night vision, and a fondness for enclosed spaces.
They rarely grab the ankles of small children, unless it’s funny.
"
But on and on it was a good instalment for this insane urban fantasy series, and of course the Aeslin Mice are there, so...
What are you waiting to have a good laugh?
“HAIL! HAIL! HAIL THE ARRIVAL OF THE DINNER!”
“HAIL!” and “ALL GLORY TO THE SCIENCE RULES OF SCIENCE!”
“HAIL! HAIL THE RETURN OF THE GOD OF SCALES AND SILENCE!” exulted the mice, emerging from behind most of the appliances on the kitchen counter.


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