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I touched briefly upon my love for the first book in a previous LJ post, but I've since plowed through the second and third books, and have been very, very impressed with it. I love the conflictedness of Weeks' characters (well, most of them - I had no love or interest for any of the irredeemably "bad" characters), and the pacing is intensely fast, with more twists than a Twizzler. The "hoshit!" moments are genuinely surprising (to me, at least), and yet they fit with the story overall and heighten the stakes and tension.

Unfortunately, the fast pacing necessarily means that there are trade-offs, most notably the worldbuilding but also including the many storylines of the various groups of characters. The effect was akin to taking a high-resolution .RAW photo from a digital camera and converting it into a .JPEG: both are still generally very high-quality files, but in the compression of .RAW format to .JPEG, there's still some information that's lost which lowers the quality of the photo, ever so slightly. However, if you're not actively looking for it, you're not really going to notice the loss of information. Assuming that the original file is skillfully taken, it can be appreciated whether it's a .RAW or .JPEG. In this case, there were many points in the second and third books of the Night Angel trilogy that I felt deserved to be fleshed out more, though if that had happened the books would have been substantially longer. I kept on imagining how this trilogy would've looked as a more drawn-out series; I kept on seeing mini-plots that could've filled an entire book by themselves. Nevertheless, Weeks provides enough to satisfy the reader and to convince the reader to care about the characters and their story.

Interviews I've read say that Weeks has a non-Midcyru standalone novel slated for publication in 2010, and that he does plan to return to Midcyru for another trilogy at some point in the future. I look forward to both, and in the meantime, I need to snatch up copies of the Night Angel trilogy for my own personal collection...
Also, have I mentioned that I love the covers? :D Seriously, those covers were part of why I was intrigued by the series in the first place. Book covers: DOIN' 'EM RIGHT. I hope I get to learn more about designing book covers in one of my design classes.
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April 2010


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