Hemning Sternberg (moonshadow) wrote,
Hemning Sternberg

Carousel Tides by Sharon Lee

Title: Carousel Tides
Author: Sharon Lee (without her husband Steve Miller)
Genre: Contemporary fantasy.
Setting: A small town on the Maine coast.
Reason for Reading: I love the books that Lee and Miller co-write and figured this was worth a try.
Finished In: Weeks. Part of the time it was in a box.
Pages: 306
Copyright Date: 2010
Cover: A woman in a green dress with a spiral pendant. Power spills from her hands. A man in a peasant shirt stands behind her, looking alarmed. Flying over them is a disturbing bat-horse sort of a thing with glowing red eyes which I would NOT want to meet in a dark alley.
First line: "I almost missed the left onto Route 5, which would've been embarassing as hell."
Themes: Carnivals, small towns, faerie lands, mages.
Best part: This did not feel like a copy of all the other books she's collaborated on, it felt different.
Worst part: I missed her husband's humor. I never knew that was what he contributed, but I felt its absence in this piece.
Imaginary Theme Song: "Walk on the Ocean" by Toad the Wet Sprocket
Grade: B-
Recommended for: Fans of contemporary fantasy happening in small towns should give it a look.
Related Reads: The Painted Boy by Charles de Lint.
Tags: books 2011, fiction
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