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Book Report: Fever Crumb

Your Humble Blogger enjoyed the Hungry City Chronicles enough that when I saw there was a new book in that series, I picked it up with joy and eagerness. It was the time that I nabbed the new Bayern book and the new Dragon Slippers book as well as Fever Crumb.

I liked this the best of those three. This one is a prequel, actually, taking place much, much earlier than the other books. That worked for me a lot—I was beginning to tire, a bit, of the characters in the other set, and I certainly did not want to pick up where the last book left off, since the last book provided a very nice and extremely violent end to the series. This one is violent, too, but appropriately so for a stand-alone or for the first in a new series. That is, the violence is large but not apocalyptic. There are still things left to destroy.

I did have some complaints about the tone of the book—there were goofy jokes, often about the way in which Current Stuff is misremembered by the future. There’s a pub called the Mott and Hoople, a neighborhood called B@ttersea, that sort of joke. It jarred, for me, with the more serious stuff. That’s a taste thing, of course, and a circumstances of reading it thing. I don’t think that it’s impossible to make goofy jokes work in the context of a dark and violent book, but in this book, these jokes didn’t work for me.

I don’t want to leave off with a complaint, though, because I enjoyed the book a lot and I suspect that there are Gentle Readers who would enjoy it as well. So that’s all right.

Tolerabimus quod tolerare debemus,