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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Right Hand Magic

Right Hand Magic by Nancy A. Collins

Grade: 3.5 stars out of 5
Tate is a trust fund baby, but wants to make her own life as a metal sculptor instead of killing time with drugs and partying. After being kicked out of her old apartment, Tate moves to Golgotham because of its cheap rent and large space for her sculptures. But life in Golgotham is definitely different than what she's used to.
When I first began Right Hand Magic the thought of the race card being dealt came across my mind. Here was the race card disguised as a fantastical community (rainbow colored hair anyone?). This community is perceived to the rest of the city as a dangerous because of the people, culture, and generally the unknown. But there’s the possibly of me thinking too much of it having spent the semester learning about race in a class.

Watching Collins build the world of Golgotham was an enjoyment to read because here was a community that fascinated with every turn of the page. Black bird pie, 6 fingered hands (the extra finger is the magic finger), terms such as a right hand magic and left hand magic, witches, warlocks, etc. It is more than what meets the eye as the world expands underground, through alleyways, behind closed doors. There are the good people and the evil people and Boss Marz falls into the latter category. I mean, the name speaks EVIL and MAFIA.

The gradual buildup from tenant and landlord to friendship to something more was an ongoing thing rather than an explosive of random feelings suddenly combusting into the perfect love. That’s not to say there wasn’t some sexual tension. For some reason when they describe Hexe I pictured him with an Oriental appearance especially with those golden cat eyes. I like to imagine him that way *smiles*

However, there were at times when I was bored. The dialogue can be very dry at times and the comical relief, usually in the form of some animalesque being, wasn’t really funny….  The action and the high level of adrenaline were structured to be in three parts and in between those parts were dull.

Cover C+
Source: Roc Fantasy
Published: 7 December 2010

1 comment:

  1. I don't think I've ever read any books by Nany Collins. I agree with your judgment on the cover, though, it's pretty generic to me. But your tidbit on the fantastical community peaked my interests!