|Reading over the last fortnight
||[Sep. 1st, 2007|08:52 pm]
Mrs. Darcy's Reading Circle
Well, there were calls for a fortnightly update on books. While this is the due post, I'm afraid the reading is little in quantity. Since my last update I have read the rest of the Katherine Kerr books (I'd only re-read four at last update, now I've re-read all the released ones) and the Night Watch Trilogy. The Kerr books are as good as I said they were last week.|
The Night Watch, by Sergei Lukyanenko, has a review on the front that says "JK Rowling...Russian style" and I have to say that put me off. However on actually reading the book, I can't see any JKR in it at all. I think the paper in question needs to find a new reviewer. The basic premise of the book is that in our world there are Others, people who asscend humanity and become magicians, sorcerers, vampires, shape-shifters. There are two sides, light and dark, and these sides hold a treaty to keep an equillibrium of power. The sides therefore are policed by the Watches. Night Watch is the side of the light magicians, who police the dark side.
It was a hypnotising view of Moscow, a city I have never visited but now want to with all my heart and soul. The main hero of the book is a good magician, who wants to believe that just because he's of the light, the dark isn't necessarily evil. He's tormented by his job, the mindset he's meant to take. It's the way I imagine I'd have to write any policeman in a crime novel. Every move he makes he has to question the ins and outs of whether he does it for the right reasons. His partner, the stuffed owl, is a constant reminder that when the good go wrong they get punished. In fact I saw a review on amazon where someone said that all the female characters are being punished, and obviously the author has issues, but I think they missed the point. Everyone gets punished, one way or another.
You have your quintessential battle for dominance, and power, but it is done well, and the following two books continue the story well. I'm perched on the edge of my seat waiting for the fourth installment, where (according to wikipedia) a visit to Edinburgh is in the offing. I can't wait for it to be translated. Speaking off translation, it can on occasion be slightly off, but never to the extent that you lose the thread of what is going on. I recommend this set very highly.