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fabulousandyleggett wrote
on March 10th, 2008 at 10:24 pm

Carnival did seem to me rather plain-spoken, though this worked for the story (especially in the suitably descriptive scene involving Lesa and those thorns--if you'd pumped that up with perty words it would have come across as Christ-like...)

I am now almost halfway through Dust, and I do see the cross between plain-spokeneness and gothic delight. It is mostly your imagery in this book that is beautiful, though it is peppered with those delightful phrases... it's the epigraphs, I think, and the titles, which are suitably poetic.

But I love that kind of synthesis; I love Nix, remember? Though, if one is going for grittily, gothically beautiful yet practical, Holly Black remains the epitome for me...

But *no one* writes stunning scenes of slowly, gruesomely torturing their characters like you, or the most significant sex scenes.

Admittedly, I've only read one and a half books, but that's what's struck me so far...

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