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I live in Seattle, am married, have two cats (one is a genius, the other insane), and am a mild-mannered copy editor by day. I love horseback riding, coffee, reading, TV, movies, music, playing (too much) World of Warcraft, and lying on the couch. This isn't a personal blog, but rather a place for me to vent about movies, TV shows, books, music, etc. Thanks for checking in!

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Book Review: The Haunting Of Alaizabel Cray

(General review--no real spoilers)

The Haunting Of Alaizabel Cray is an underrated young-adult novel by British author Chris Wooding. This book has an awful title (who can pronounce that name on first glance?) and horrible cover (murky with no visual interest)--but it deserves some love.

First, a warning: this is a bloody and scary book. It borrows a lot from other sources (reviews mention Bosch, Buffy the Vampire Slayer,
Indiana Jones, Tolkien, and Pullman), yet manages to feel fresh.

The plot involves
Thaniel Fox, a young "wych-kin" hunter in an alternative Victorian London. It's creepy and violent--Thaniel faces monsters both supernatural and very human (a Jack-the-Ripper-type serial killer and a cult called the Fraternity). The ending falls apart a bit, but overall this had a strong, action-heavy plot that would lend itself well to a graphic novel or movie. However, it's the characters that are the real treasure--you really root for Thaniel, Alaizabel, Cathaline, and their allies to overcome the dark forces threatening them.

Check it out and tell me what you think!

2 Comments:

Anonymous Becky said...

I knew how to pronounce the name when I first saw it. Alaizabel is said the exact way it looks.

3/18/2006 2:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey im so confused with this book
could oyou please post a comment of a summary of the bokk
therefore i would comprehend
thanks

4/23/2006 11:04 AM  

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