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The Glass God (Magicals Anonymous)
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on 31 August 2015
Great fun. How can it not be with characters such as a seven foot troll called Gretel that like fine food and a gay vampire with OCD? Just as good a romp as the last one. It reminds me of the Peter Grant series, but is different enough. The sort of book that will take your mind off things and give you a laugh.
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on 1 July 2014
The trouble is that Matthew Swift is the character I want to know more about in these books. He appears far too little in this one. Sharon is a bit too 'new-age' for my taste and her constant whining about the difficulties of modern shamaning make me want to join with Sammy and slap her
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on 29 September 2013
loving these books and hope there will be more soon. great characters, great stories, can see real development of the whole world they occupy as the series of books progresses. Have now started on the matthew swift books (which I think actually came first) and enjoying them just as much
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
At the ridiculously young age of 27 (or 28, it's her birthday some time this year bonly I don't know when it is but either way it doesn't matter) she has laid claim to being the best writer of Urban Fantasy in the world. Please note, I'm not saying Fantasy Fantasy, just Urban Fantasy, though that's a pretty large and popular subgenre these days. This, the second in the Magicals Anonymous series, is the best and best written Urban Fantasy novel of the year. (No, I haven't read them all, I don't need to, and I don't care it's still only July. Go away.) Her prose is vivid, engaging, and delightfully eccentric.

Here's a brief extract (the end of it actually) from her description of the area of London known as World's End.

"If World's End could choose to be anywhere, it would be a tiny lavender-scented village in the Lake District, with all the amenities of Manhattan."

It's fully of stuff like that. Sentences which make you smile at their perception (whether it's accurate or not. I don't know, I've never been to ~World's End), the images they conjure, the sheer bravura, the nerve of this bleeding kid of 27 (or 28) to conjure magical prose.

Her characters are just like that as well, a bunch of magical weirdos who, in the hands of Griffin, are just as vividly real as her sentences.

All right Griffin, you're the best writer of urban fantasy in the world and everyone should read you. Even if you are a clever clogs smarty-pants.
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on 29 May 2014
One of those authors whose writing, and story lines, are good enough that as soon as you see her name, on the cover, you can buy it knowing that you're in for a reading treat.
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on 12 November 2014
Griffin gets better with every book. I loved the Matthew Swift series but I adore Magicals Anonymous. More, please.
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on 29 July 2013
Mixed bag of characters, all unique - led by an unlikely heroine. Good triumphing against evil - engaging plot line.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 November 2013
Kate Griffin writes marvelous urban fantasy and this one is right up there with her previous stuff. Well worth it.
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on 13 August 2013
Although Matthew Swift is present in the story, this book is centered on "magics anonymous" like her previous novel.
I had perhaps expected the Bad Guy to be a bit harder to defeat. There is a chilling hint of human sacrifice being necessary to keep London on its keel, and not even Swift has been able to eradicate it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 August 2013
An OK read some nice character development but not a patch on the midnight mayor series or on the first spin off novel based on the London of the midnight mayor. Kind of like Angel wasn't as good as Buffy but was still fair enough.
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