Saturday, 28 March 2015

Kim's Review : The Mime Order & On the Merits of Unnaturalness

Samantha Shannon's "The Mime Order" is second in her 7 part anachronistic, Dickensian, dystopian, steam punk, fantasy combination series after "The Bone Season", which released in mid-March this year. I absolutely LOVED "The Bone Season" and was really looking forward to The Mime Order and this one was very very good too, but it didn't have the impact that the first book did.

I guess my reaction was something like with "The Matrix" movies. The first one blew my mind because of the concept, the following ones were very good, but didn't have the "blow your mind" effect of the first in the series.

I must warn you, that if you do not remember too much of "The Bone Season", then you may need to catch up on the highlights, because The Mime Order doesn't really reintroduce characters, it just picks up where the first book left off. There are a few terms explained in the glossary at the end of the book. But if you don't remember characters and relationships, then you need to catch up on them before starting this one.

Paige Mahoney - The Pale Dreamer is back in London after escaping Sheol and concerned with how to bring awareness about the Rephaim and their plans to the population, while also being hunted down as "Most Wanted" by the administration.

Samantha's love for London, shines through this book and its details on local markets and landmarks.It's surprising that I haven't yet seen any "Bone Season" walking tours on the market yet.

There was a special limited edition offer for those who pre-ordered the book. And I'm very pleased to say that I am the proud possessor of "Copy 210 / 500" of "On the Merits of Unnaturalness - being an extraordinary treatise upon the Seven Orders of Clairvoyance" by an Obscure Writer.

This pamphlet is exactly as it is described in the series and while its not really a reference for the books, its a nice accompaniment, which details exactly what the title says.

Rating : 4.5 / 5

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