19 October 2011

The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray by Chris Wooding - NR

Thaniel, just seventeen, is a wych-hunter. Together, he and Cathaline - his friend and mentor - track down the fearful creatures that lurk in the Old Quarter of London. It is on one of these hunts that he first encounters Alaizabel Cray. Alaizabel is half-crazed, lovely, and possessed. Whatever dreadful entity has entered her soul has turned her into a strange and unearthly magnet - attracting evil and drawing horrors from ever dark corner. Cathaline and Thaniel must discover its cause - and defend humanity at all costs.


A creepy as hell story, but so not my style.  There are some authors that can write this really flowery, in depth stuff that I can still connect with, but Wooding was way over my head.  Just too archaic for me to really wrap my head around, though there were some moments I could really appreciate—but only for their brevity.

Thaniel drew a pistol, opened it, spun the chamber to check he had a full load of bullets, and snapped it shut.

"My pleasure," he said.

Excerpted from hardcover edition, page 51

Everything else just went – whoosh!  All these elaborate descriptions of rooms and characters…eek.  If he took about half of it away, it would still come off just as creepy and haunting but keep my attention. 

So even though I would covet this book for elaborate descriptions, I'm not going to spend several days slogging through it all.

I'd tried reading it before and I believe I stopped for the same reason: too much description bogging down the story and the characters.

Book Info:

  • pages – hardcover, 292
  • published – June 2001
  • publisher – Orchard
  • genre – historical fiction
  • received via – school library :)
  • rating – NR (no rating)
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