The older I get, the less I like fantasy. It's not so much a dislike of the genre as a whole, because I still like well written fantasy, but rather that I've come across enough formulaic dreck with flat characters, weak plot, and the Superman syndrome in that the magic has become so powerful that there are no limits on it, or it ceases to make sense in the internal workings of the fantasy world. This is something that is even more difficult to balance in urban fantasy which draws from the real world we all dwell in and increases the risks of running over the line of suspension of disbelief.
In The Narrows, Mr. Brogden manages to avoid all of these pitfalls of modern fantasy (with a slight dark edge) by featuring believable, rounded out main characters with their own personalities and "voice", having the fantasy elements make sense within their own framework, and including a solid storyline without any wide, gaping holes.
Several years back I spent about a year in Birmingham, where much of the story is set, and the author has successfully recreated it on the page with vivid and apt descriptions, even down to some small, minute, almost off-hand descriptions that add to the story rather than distract from it.
Some of the points I liked I don't want to discuss here due to spoilers, so I apologize if my review seems a bit short on details.
I see on Amazon UK that several people have drawn comparisons to Neil Gaiman, and favorably so. While there are some similarities in tone and content, Brogden is no mere copycat, successfully infusing his own voice and style. That being said, if you like Gaiman, I highly recommend you give The Narrows a read.
- Pasta blanda
- Editor: Snowbooks; Edición: UK ed. (9 de enero de 2012)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1907777598
- ISBN-13: 978-1907777592
- Dimensiones del producto: 13.2 x 2.6 x 19.9 cm
- Peso del envío: 322 g
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