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The Gypsy I wavered between really liking this one and really just hoping it'd end On the whole I liked the parts I liked way than I disliked the parts that I disliked so I'd still count this as a worthwhile readThis is an urban fantasy tale of Good versus Evil set againstabovewithin the backdrop of Hungarian folklore The characters are compelling and the multiple story arcs are intricately woven into a single grand tapestry by the end The mystery unfolds at a pace that is neither too revealing too early nor frustratingly vague for too long which is a difficult balance to achieve The puzzle pieces to the main maneuverings of the fairy tale are foreshadowed and then fulfilled in such a clever fashion that I couldn't help but think one author would add the foreshadowing and then challenge the other to get all of the characters from point A to point B and then in turn add hisher own foreshadowing as part of an escalating game of wits It's sort of like the characters of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf if they had been written with lollipops and sunshine instead of depression and sadnessThe bad the flow of the book is beyond frustrating to me It's only around 250 pages long but the story progresses in such a stutter step fashion with such constantly shifting focus that it feels twice as long There are multiple planes of reality coexisting throughout the tale and very little explanation is given to the non familiar magical reality It's almost as if there is a presupposition on the parts of the authors that all readers will be intimately familiar with Hungarian folklore and that context clues and childhood memories will be enough to carry us through some of the explicitly Hungarian sections There's also a than acceptable number of instances of characters getting out of situations simply because they suddenly remember a special power that they have forgotten they possess until that particular moment It actually works better in the context of the story than I'm making it sound here but the fact that it happens so often still bugs meBarely related sidenote this marks the last of Brust's published books that I hadn't yet read although Tiassa will be released in a week which means I'll be behind yet again and I still rank him far and away my favorite author ever I don't love everything he's written but I respect that he constantly changes his style as a challenge to himself to try to tell stories in different and interesting ways It's understandable that not all of those experiments will resonate with me but his success rate is astounding Here's to hoping there are many many works in the future Normally I devour books and Steven Brust is one of my favorite authors Butthis one was a slog It is a semi captivating story involving gypsies in and out of the real timeline but it jumps back and forth than a uentin Tarantino film The resolution was mostly satisfying but the journey through the book was confusing and tough It's a pretty good fantasy mystery with a bit of horror It didn't grab me on one read the way some of his others have although I'm not sure why I should re read it see if I change my mind but as I recall I just didn't identify much with the hero This was a great read I'm really surprised it doesn't have a much better rating from readers Perhaps the masses don't like to be challenged in their reading choices This book was a bit confusing for a while with a lot of different characters many having multiple names and a bunch of different story lines going on but that's what i loved about it Everything came together at the end and i found it to be an intelligent satisfying novel Good stuff well done Cigany is the gypsy stalking the city in a cloud of magicStepovich is the seasoned cop who keeps finding dead bodies in the gypsy's wakeThe Fair Lady is ueen of the Underworld drawing them both into her murderous webuntil only the gypsy's broken memories stand between Stepovich's beloved city and the Lady's dark designsPart crime novel part magic Steven Brust and Megan Lindholm's The Gypsy is a powerful and memorable fantasy Publishers Weekly DNF'ed a bit over half way but I give it an overall 3 stars The characters were okay I did really like the policeman and his daughter the setting was actually really interesting but something about the plot was just totally unengaging After having put it down I had absolutely no interest in picking it up again Was a slow read Hard to identify positively with the characters as they were made real and unreal at the turning of a page Time place and story were mutating as you progressed through the book Each character had several identities that were not clear as to which were which And powersabilities were not set for any except the villain Gave up on this one Love Robin Hobb and love Inheritance short stories by Megan Lindholm and the not so short ones in that collection by Robin Hobb Really I just badly need Robin Hobb and I've run out Wah I'm thinking by the way that this author needs a third pen name to explain her self that created Soldier Son trilogy Am I right? I love the way Steven and Megan tell a our tale over a modern fairy tale on top of retelling a fairy taleand make it work Some pacing issues and I’m a bit iffy on Daniels choice but overall a solid enjoyable read Tough to start but well worth pushing through the first 80 pages to get into the flow of it Well written and atmospheric Not character driven but rather an examination of the ongoing clash between our 'real' world and the lands of fantasy As such it conveys its reality very well

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