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The Theory of the Leisure Class (Modern Library Classics)
Thorstein Veblen, Alan Wolfe
Brightly Woven - Alexandra Bracken A traveling magician buys Syndelle from her family in exchange for bringing rain to their desert. At first, Syndelle can't imagine why the cantankerous and drunken Wayland North would want her as a traveling companion, but she soon realizes her worth lies in her ability to fix his magic cloaks. The world building, characters, and plot are all interesting, but patchy. I found parts totally enthralling, and then other chapters just dragged. Everything seems rushed--the revelations about North's curse, the development of North and Syndelle's relationship, hell, an entire duel with a dragon takes place off-page. North is a great character--sort of a combination of Howl from Howl's Moving Castle and Mr. Darcy--but we don't spend enough time with him or watching Syndelle interact with him to understand their relationship. I think a more disciplined writer or a better editor could have made this story truly special.