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Book Report: Murkmere

Your Humble Blogger had decided against picking up Murkmere off the YA shelf at the library, but my Best Reader had a different reaction, and after she read it and liked it, and as long as it was in the house, I read it. And, it turns out, liked it.

It’s not the sort of book I like, in many ways. It’s heavy on atmosphere and light on plot events—the plot mostly consists of our Hero getting into trouble, then slowly learning how much trouble she is in, and then finally acting in the only possible way to escape from it. No great surprises or reversals. But the atmosphere was enough to keep me involved in the book, and in fact kept me up at night to read another chapter, which atmosphere hardly ever does.

Was I just susceptible at that moment to that sort of book? If I had read it some other week, would I have got even a third of the way through? Is the book actually good enough to overcome my usual tastes, or is it just the recipient of a Good Moment for reading? I have no idea. I would be reluctant to recommend the book to any readers who are Like Me, except that readers are different enough one to another that I am reluctant to recommend books in general, these days.

Still, I did enjoy it, and I’m glad I read it, so that’s all right.

Tolerabimus quod tolerare debemus,