Haydn's review of Grave Dance (Alex Craft, #2)
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Jul 04, 2011 02:47AM
Thanks for the great review. I have one question - was it a cliff hanger ending or would you say it was a satisfying wrap to the events in the book while still embracing a longer story arc?
Jul 04, 2011 03:08AM
Warning: I'm drunk...
Response: it ended properly in the arc but there are plenty of questions left unanswered. For example, Alex talks about a castle but doesn't return to it for the majority of the piece. Kim Harrison, at least, only introduces ideas when she will use them in the current story arc. I've no problem with allusions, but Price uses entire chapters for other books that haven't been written yet.
In any case, when her third book is written, things will make sense. For now, parts of her book seem unnecessary.
I hope that that helps! =)
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Jul 04, 2011 03:58AM
That does help, thanks! I know that allusions to the yet unwritten can be frustrating but I'm willing to hang with it if it's not a recurring plot method, it starts to feel like cliff hangers if its done too much.
Have I mentioned that I hate cliff hangers? Perhaps I should say that I hate it when an author writes a cliff hanger and doesn't have it prominently displayed on the book so I can choose whether to play along or not. I really do NOT like to be teased, in anything. It may just be me but it seems that there is a trend to the cliff hanger of late that I resent. I find myself shelving a lot of series until they are complete because of cliff hangers.
We should have the editors drawn and quartered. Publicly.
Jul 04, 2011 02:07PM
Haha, no, there's no cliff hanger of an ending. It seems that Price is attempting to write in a method that allows for each book to be considered a stand-alone novel and a cliff hanger would deny some readers the opportunity to understand what's going on. There are certainly some chapters that cliff-hang for a moment, but that's a device I understand as it forces me to keep reading after I tell myself, "just one more chapter..." Overall, Price does an exceptional job at keeping the reader hooked without using gimmicks. In this case, the supernatural love triangle(s) would be enough to read the next novel.
And I agree. Although I think time in the stocks would be good enough. There's something pleasant about the idea of throwing produce.
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Jul 05, 2011 05:51AM
Ahh yes, but being pilloried for any length of time requires supervision. Or, for the particularly heinous, maybe not.
Are you as sick of love triangles as I am? Honestly, if we weren't such sticks in the mud from thousands of years of religiously induced morality the answer would be simple - keep them both. Triangles don't have to be bad things and it astounds me how many people don't "get" that. But what would she write about then?
But for me, I'd like to see some alternative solutions to this love triangle trope. It bores me silly.
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