Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Bookburners by Brian Francis Slattery, Margaret Dunlap, Max Gladstone, and Mur Lafferty
Bookburners - Season 1
This is a serial book - that is, 16 episodes strung together like a season of TV shows, each episode written by one of the 4 authors. One of the reasons I picked it up was because I had read one of Max Gladstone's Craft Sequence novels and enjoyed it.
Anyway, it appears that I'm not really a huge fan of the serial experience. It's not my preferred style of book. I just find it tends to go on for too long, maybe. Or maybe it's the pacing that I'm not fond of. I'm not bright enough to figure out the reasons. *LOL*
But also, I'm not a fan of urban horror fantasy. I mean, I like the premise. I like the characters for the most part but it's the horror part that's not my favourite. I'll read them and if the the characters are captivating and the plot intriguing, I can usually deal with the actual horror parts - like the intense descriptions of monsters and dungeons and lairs and the like.
So, after that caveat, Bookburners was a good read for the most part. The 4 different author styles weren't jarring, as a matter of fact they were all rather similar and I'm not familiar enough with them to know if it was worked towards in this project or just something that they all have in common. The main character, Sal, I couldn't quite enjoy until about 2/3rds of the way through the book. I just didn't like her very much. I was fascinated by the other members of her team though.
Will I read the next seasons of Bookburners? Maybe. If they come up on sale at some point. I enjoyed this one enough to be curious about where they go next with the story.