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message 1: by Lucy (new)

Lucy Sorry this one didn't appeal to you. You definitely gave it a fair shake with 80 pages. I liked the humor and found it different and refreshing, but I think your points are valid as well. Hope your next book is more enjoyable :)

message 2: by Lora (new)

Lora Thank you, Lucy. :)

message 3: by [deleted user] (last edited Sep 07, 2011 12:10PM) (new)

Lora, I liked this one a little more than you it seems. But like you I got hung up on the complex language, and had to re-read passages to see what was going on. It's definitely not for everyone. I like your review

message 4: by Lora (last edited Sep 07, 2011 12:21PM) (new)

Lora Thanks, Kate. :)

message 5: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana Lora, I've read the smut part. It wasn't that great either.

message 6: by Jo (new)

Jo I wasn't overly that fussed about this book either, Lora.
I thought it was OK... it seemed to try too hard to be like 'HEY, LOOK AT ME I'M FUNNY'.
And I agree with Tatiana... the eventual smut was disappointing. :)

message 7: by Reynje (new)

Reynje Great review Lora! (I'm in a similar situation with a book my friends like and I really didn't.. I might use your "good first then the bad" tactic..)

message 8: by Lora (new)

Lora Tatiana, to be honest, I skimmed for smut (I am shameless) and I must agree with you and Jo. It was disappointing IMO. (view spoiler)

Jo, everyone says how funny these books are, but the humor most start after 80 pages. I didn't have the urge to laugh once.

And thanks, Reynje.

message 9: by Kaethe (new)

Kaethe Yeah, if you didn't find the fracas with the tea things and the vampire amusing, you weren't likely to be struck by the humor later on. Hope you have something more to your taste on deck!

message 10: by Lora (new)

Lora I really think it is a matter of taste. And thanks, I'm sure I'll rustle up something.

message 11: by Kaethe (new)

Kaethe Happens to me all the time. Sometimes, despite elements that I should love, a book is just not my cuppa tea.

message 12: by Lora (new)

Lora Me too. And I'm always finding things funny that others are like wha . . .?

message 13: by D.G. (new)

D.G. To each their own and all that, Lora! All my friends have loved this book too but I just thought it was OK and have not desire continue the series.

message 14: by Alyssa (new)

Alyssa Is this a satirical novel that's meant to poke fun at PNR? Because after reading the blurb and the reviews, I still don't know what this book is about!

message 15: by ~Tina~ (new)

~Tina~ I remember liking this, but I also remember struggling with it. I'm glad you gave it a go though hun. Great review!

message 16: by Kaethe (new)

Kaethe Alyssa, I'd say that Carriger is using the conventions of Victorian romance novels and mystery novels in a fun way. I haven't read enough PNR to say that she's satirizing it. If anything, the second and third novels in the series are more steampunk Bond novels than anything else (she has a lot of fun with gadgetry). The plots aren't the point; the pleasure is all in the mash-up of various elements and the contrast between Miss Tarabotti's very silly family (think Pride and Prejudice)and her own seriousness.

message 17: by Mia (new)

Mia I actually enjoyed this book *after* 100 pages, haha. I was very much in your mood with it before then (not that it doesn't have it's problems).

message 18: by Lizz (new)

Lizz I appreciate your review because it has given me permission to stop reading this book. I hate quitting halfway through, but I just can't do it! For me it's also primarily the language. I also thought the "technological" aspect too token. I found this book on a "Best Steampunk" list on Goodreads, and it was my first one in the genre. I guess I'll have to try something else.

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