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I have finished reading Late Eclipses by Seanan McGuire.  WHEEE!  I made a point of not acquiring it until Official Release Day, because I'd love to see this book hit one of the newspaper Bestseller Lists.

I kind of want to talk about what happens in this book, but honestly, it's already been said in the above-linked thread.  It's been said better than I would've put it, too.

So instead, I'm going to talk about the preview of the following book, One Salt Sea, not due out 'til September 6th.

The truth of the matter is that no one in the world can write a combat scene like Seanan McGuire can.  You could see this on a silver screen, but to see it perfectly in your head?  When you've been in San Francisco once in your life, in thick fog, driving through en route to Massachussets, during the day?  No author I've ever read has gotten a complex action scene like this to be so vivid as I read it.

It's not just the crossbow bolts and steep decline of the hill and scream of the rapidly accelerating wheelchair-bound person, either.  Earlier in the scene, we had a brief reference to the tip of a tail that constantly curls and flutters, probably an involuntary action; so as two people try not to get shot, and zoom down that hill, I can still see the flutter of the fin, and the lovely blue blouse rippling in the increasing breeze.  I can see the torn fabric on one side of the chair's back.  I can even see the faint glint of the ever-present cars parked at the side of the road, and hear the growing creak of sea-warped wood as they approach the bottom of the hill....

If you're not reading Seanan McGuire yet, you probably should be.  Try Rosemary and Rue, if you like detective stories, and try Feed (by Mira Grant) if you like zombie horror.  I probably won't be reading the sequel to Feed because the first one grabbed hold of my heart and wrenched so hard, so to make up for that I'm passing my copy to a friend who adores horror and recommending it to anyone of like mind.
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