I probably should find a way to merge this one with another topic, because sadly I just don't have that much to say about A Fistfull of Charms by Kim Harrison. No, it didn't suck, it wasn't a bad book. However, there is just something... I don't know, missing. I loved the first book (Dead Witch Walking) but with each new book I've found my interest becoming less and less. Which is very very strange, because with each new book what I said (or thought) would happen has happened.

Perhaps that is it - I generally say I don't like surprises, but maybe I do. I'm almost sure that is not it, so bear with me while I struggle around trying to explain.

Part of my problem, possibly the largest part is because I can't really relate to any of the characters, but Rachel is especially difficult. So many of her behaviors simply make no sense to me. Of course, I love Ivy, Kristen, and Jenks, but I don't really love/relate to either of them. Ivy and Jenks are to high strung, and lusting after a character (Kristen) doesn't equal relating to them.

Another thing might be Harrison's world building skills. Now I'm not saying she sucks, but her universe just seems... Again, not sure what is the proper word, so I'll just say lacking. Although that isn't exactly right. It is more that I just don't like (again for lack of a better word) the way she has done things.

Which may may not be Harrison's fault, but I'm just less than enthralled with the way she does witches and weres; it is very strange and lacking of sense to me. Of course, that could be because she's made them not human, where most authors have them human. However, I don't think that is exactly it. I don't mind the idea that weres aren't human, I know that because in the "Blood" books (Tanya Huff) has weres as a different species, and it makes sense. Therefore, I have to believe I wouldn't mind the idea of witches being not human.

I think that may be it. Harrison writes long books, but with the limited point of view she simply cannot explain everything in a way that makes sense, because for the character we see things through (and all the others said character interacts with) all this is totally normal. At least with other authors the characters we see things through aren't seeing things that are totally normal for them, therefore they ask the readers questions. Harrison doesn't actually have a character that can ask the readers questions.

PS - Hope those that celebrate the 4th had a great one - I know I did. ;)