SF/F Review: Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire: https://t.co/SbCKrbOQl4 Short Review: 6.5 out of 10 (1/3)— garik16 (@garik16) November 21, 2017
Short Review (cont): Sparrow Hill Road combines a series of short ghost stories about the hitchhiking ghost Rose Marshall and her adventures into a single novel and while its often pretty fun, some of the stories are less successful and it lacks a satisfying ending (2/3)— garik16 (@garik16) November 21, 2017
Like a few other books I've reviewed, Sparrow Hill Road is a book that did not start its life as a Novel. Rather, it was originally a set of short stories released over a year in a publication by Seanan McGuire, supposedly based upon several ghost/urban legend stories of the road. The novel essentially takes an edited versions of 11 of the 12 short stories and puts them together into one complete story. That said, the book's origin is quite evident as each of the 11 chapters is quite clearly a single story, even if the stories eventually build upon one another to a final ending.
Sparrow Hill Road is set in the same universe as McGuire's inCryptid stories, although there are only minor references toward the inCryptid universe in the book, so one doesn't need to have any knowledge before reading it. That said, if you've read any of McGuire's inCryptid short stories or some of her October Daye books, you'll be very familiar with what you're getting here - a fun breezy book with an entertaining heroine in an urban fantasy world. Unfortunately, while parts of the book are as entertaining as any of McGuire's other works, some parts (really, some of the short stories) don't really land as well and the book kind of lacks an ending.
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