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Oyceter ([personal profile] oyceter) wrote2011-04-12 05:51 pm

Liu, Marjorie M. - In the Dark of Dreams

Jenny Jameson found a silver boy with a tail on the beach the summer she was twelve, and she's never forgotten him. Ever since then, she's been on the hunt for supernatural beings for her family's corporation, and finally, Perrin resurfaces. Unfortunately, this only complicates matters, as Jenny's family is none other than the evil Consortium that has been the long-running villain through the Dirk & Steele series.

Adventure, narrow escapes, angst, UST, betrayal, and plot twists ensue. Alas, I read this almost two months ago, and of course I have forgotten everything.

Most of what I can recall is that I was a bit disappointed that there aren't more POC showing up in the Dirk & Steele series. I think there's about the same number throughout the series, since there aren't any intra-POC relationships AFAIK, and while I don't read the gargoyles and mermaids and shapeshifters and etc. as white, I am not sure if I should be reading them as POC either.

I'm never sure if I'm disappointed in the direction D&S is going or not. On the one hand, I love that the universe continues to expand and that we're not just limited to the usual sequel bait. On the other hand, I actually liked some of the D&S characters and have been waiting for their books for a while (EDDIE!). So... YMMV? I do wish the mythology were a bit more coherent, but then again, the everything-and-the-kitchen approach is also part of the series' charm.

Not one of the best D&S books for me, though I liked getting more of a look into the Consortium and the enemies of D&S, but not one of the worst either.
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[personal profile] daedala 2011-04-13 01:58 am (UTC)(link)
I read it too, and I've also forgotten it!

I don't read the gargoyles, etc. as POC either. They...hmm. They have to deal with hiding/passing, etc., but they mostly seem to operate in the world from a Place of Reasonable Privilege, if that makes sense? Even whosname in this one, despite the very borderline life he had on land, was very privileged as a krackeni or whatever.
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[personal profile] daedala 2011-04-13 08:02 pm (UTC)(link)
I like it a lot! But it bothers me a little in that the magical beings seem to share in the unmarked state? I am not articulating well.

...I kind of want to go back to school in English and develop a critical theory on the locus of privilege, assuming that hasn't already been done, which it probably has.
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[personal profile] ithiliana 2011-04-13 01:59 am (UTC)(link)

I like Liu's other books I've read (just found her stuff recently, so am probably missing a lot of the earlier ones), but I could not get through this one. I just got....bored somehow partway through and couldn't be bothered to finish.

(Anonymous) 2011-11-08 05:21 pm (UTC)(link)
An original Avon release, right? The land of wallpaper historicals and bland paranormals (basically, the books that will have the widest appeal without rocking any boats) isn't going to allow Liu to continue to write her genre-pushing books populated with POC like the smaller and more experimental Dorchester.

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