Uneven writing quality in Hard Magic


Hard Magic reads like a late 20th-century Tom Clancy novel most of the time, but there’s one page near the beginning where the author suddenly remembers that it’s supposed to be set during Prohibition, and he frantically dumps every piece of second-hand slang he can recall into the text, all at once.

This is not what I would call a masterpiece of the wordsmith’s art.



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