The Perfect Blend

It’s really hard to find the blend I like in fiction: just enough action, just enough sci-fi/fantasy, just enough of a love story. Most of the time, the action is too unrealistic, the science is too hard/fantasy is too campy, or the love story is too mushy and focused on sex.


Song of Scarabaeus
is one of the few novels I’ve found with that perfect blend. Toss in a captivating plot, great characterization, realistic dialogue, and several fresh story ideas that I wake up in the morning pondering, and I’m disappointed I can’t erase my memory of this book just so I can read it again. Maybe slower this time, so it can sink in more. It’s been a long time since I’ve carried a book around with me during the day, hoping for a minute in the elevator, a minute in the line at lunchtime, eager to read more more more. It’s been even longer (years?) since I’ve stayed up late to finish a book. Sleep becomes more precious after caring for two babies. Often it’s not worth the sacrifice. For this book, it was.

One of my favorite elements was the masterful male/female interaction. One example–the hero’s trigger finger is a bit eager even though the gunshots seem to do nothing to scare off a threat. The heroine says, “Save the bullets, Finn. There are hundreds of tons of biomass up there. Clearly it doesn’t want to have a hole carved through it.”

The hero reminds me of the hero in my WIP, so of course I have a bias to like him. But the end of Chapter 28? I actually put down the book and said aloud, “Oh my god. Awesome.”

I don’t expect to find this blend again soon. Well done, Sara Creasy. I can’t wait to read the sequel.

6 thoughts on “The Perfect Blend

  1. As I was reading this I thought of TB and LG, then you said it at the end. Not only do personal page-turners stand ready to lift us from our quotidian routines, but when we admire the writing so much that we learn from them it just adds to their worth.

    I sometimes have to read the end of Jack Reacher books first. Yes, I read them for the suspense, but much more to be spirited away to his world. Sometimes I can’t bear to rush through for the sake of the ending.

    • Yes, the rush to finish ruins it. I had to do a double take at those initials. I couldn’t believe you’re referring to them like that (that’s what I do). And I’m surprised you saw the similarities (there are a few more I didn’t mention). Then I had to remember you haven’t even read the whole thing. Dang, I need to send you the full manuscript. :)

      So glad you’re back. Blogging has been dull without you.

  2. Sounds interesting! I’ll have to read some more reviews on it.
    I totally get what you mean when you talk about the book. Last year, I read THE IRON THORN by Caitlin Kittredge, which was the perfect blend of steampunk/Lovecraft, and I absolutely loved it. So much that I bought both the ebook and the hardcover. It remains my #1 favorite book still.
    Happy reading!
    =)

    • Hi Joseph, that’s awesome. Be sure to post back and tell me if you like it.
      I just read a bunch of posts on your blog–why doesn’t Blogger allow a simple subscribe by email? I don’t have all those other services (well, I do have a Blogger account but I rarely use it). Maybe I’m just missing it. Anyway, I’ll have to remember to check your blog. Thanks for the comment. Keep those sushi stakes high. :)

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