Nov. 2nd, 2016

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I read this book because it's by Delia Sherman. If it had been by anyone else, I think the title would have signaled me away, saying "Not your thing".

I'm not entirely sure why the title says that to me, but basically, I think "evil wizard" is a bit too much of a stereotype to appeal to me, even if it's probably going to be deconstructed. And "Smallbone" just sounds odd to me.

In fact, although I enjoyed reading it quite a bit (it had a lot of forward momentum and was a fun read), it wasn't exactly my thing, but not because of anything that the title signaled. The "Smallbone" part was actually quite cool, I enjoyed the little New England town filled with people with the family name Smallbone.

I suspect it might be better on reread, knowing what it's really all about, though, because there was one thing that came out of the blue (I think I must have missed a few clues though) and disappointed me:

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