Magical Clothes by Nobilis Reed
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
If this had been written as a short story (very short story), I might have been an "alright" read.
But as it stands, I couldn't, in good conscience, recommend this as a book to-be-read to anyone.
Writing in the third person (from the female lead, Verity)'s perspective, Nobilis Reed doesn't do a very good job of capturing a female mindset. The entire novel read to me like a man try very hard to write what he believes a women must be thinking (while being "horny" (a word frequently used), turned on, or engaging in a sexual act).
Take out the sex scenes and the very bare bones of the plot isn't half bad. We meet a young woman, Verity (who we can assume is about 20ish), who was the girl that pointed out that the emperor was naked in the story The Emperor's New Clothes. She meets up with a man who we find out is out to bring down the government. And does so with Verity's help.
It's a little more convoluted but not by much. There is an entire part about a ball Verity must attend and her friend, Pearl, seducing her. Other than the discovery that Verity's secret cat burglar friend is really a nobleman, there is absolutely no point in this whole section.
I listened to this as a free podcast (thanks iTunes). I don't really plan to read anymore by this author.
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