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Middlegame

I'm reading "Middlegame" by Seanan McGuire. It's an awesome book, but readers should be aware that there's a scene with really heavy suicide attempt description. I had to stop reading in the middle of that scene. I'll likely be back, I want to find out what happened, but it was just a bit intense for me, as descriptions of blood and innards stuff makes me feel really icky. I had to counter it with A-Teens music.

I highly suggest reading the audiobook version read by Amber Benson. (Yes, Amber Benson from Buffy fame.) The different voices she uses for the characters are amazing. I can't decide which voice I like better: Dr. Reed's or Dodger Cheswick's.

If I had to describe this book, I'd say it's like Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, but the monster was made by a woman mad scientist / alchemist as a tool to achieve godhood, and the monster creates his own artificial life forms. Two of them, children, are the main characters of the story - Roger and Dodger.

I especially love how Roger, the boy, is the word genius and Dodger, the girl, is the math genius. The tale deals with a lot of the harsh realities of being a girl geek in this world.

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