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Drumbeats in Time
31 July 2018
There's a rhythm to this book, the second in Birmingham's A Girl In Time series. It bumps, pounds, double kicks, rolls and clashes its way through history with a few soft cymbals and muted snares on the way. It would be easy for Birmingham to cheat his characters out of trouble but no, he doesn't go for the cheap answers. I doubt whether the lead characters, Cady McCall and Titanic Smith appreciate the trouble wrought by their creator, but hey, that's what good authors do. Birmingham is good at putting them through the wringer. Often.
Sunshine moments? These are the brief interludes of happiness which drags the characters to happier times if only as a brief reminder of what they once had an may yet still attain. Sort of like when Sam cooks a couple of rabbits for he and Frodo to munch on in the shadows of Mordor. Cady and Titanic have such moments in amongst the grief. Cady gets chocolate and Titanic gets beer. and really, who needs anything else?
This is all wrapped in Birmingham's trademark wit, some snark and a pinch of whimsy thrown in for seasoning. The characters are coming along nicely as they grow into their adventures and we're learning more about them in each chapter. Can't wait for the next.