comments from the Urban Fantasy
Note: JK is no longer a member of this group.
Yeah, I have read about the drugs affecting her ability to do her job. She mentions at the airport, her first time being there, that the drugs make her hazy and not able to sense things as well as she could.
Ah, no, I'll get there eventually, but thanks. =]
Regina - I probably haven't gotten to it yet then. I'm happy to know about it more at this point though because I really felt lost with the characters and setting.
Chess' drug thing... I'd imagine it serves more of a purpose than just a feel good for her. I'm guessing it'll be something similar to the guy in... ah, I can't think of the series... Street Magic by Caitlin Kittredge!
Just started this last night, I think I'm only 40-50 pages in, but it's interesting. I'm not really liking the drug use thing, but... it's different too so I'll keep reading. I'm a little confused about the world though. It's not really clear on where this fits in with our world. Is it an alternate one or did something happen in the world to make it like this? Guess the synopsis for the book talks about it actually... but does it ever get covered in the book itself?
Also... does anyone in this book aside from Chess speak properly? At this point three or four other characters have been introduced, but none of them speak correctly.
About not liking Mac - I do realize she is going through an extremely troubling time and she's just who she is. And really, she's 22 in this book so I don't really expect much from her. I find pretty much all college aged people to be annoying really. >.< She does have her redeeming moments in the book though, she realizes things aren't as important as she once thought or she just ignore the superficial things. It'll just be a couple books before I actually like her.
I'll definitely stay away from Highlander now. :D Maybe I'll read the later books that tie in with the Fever series, though I don't know if that's worth it.... I may just read a synopsis or something to find out what the relation is between the series.
C - Goodness, I hope it does end (foreshadowing stuff). I really got tired of it after the third or fourth time.... and that was at the very beginning of the book. Oye.
I do plan to read the next book. I try not to let the first in a series turn me away since it's got a lot to do in that first book. It takes time to get invested in the world, story, and characters.
Can't remember what I read right before this... actually, I think it was the third Felix Castor book so it was hard going from this bitter male POV to a really peppy and shallow female POV.
So I just finished the book... I'd give it a 2/5. It had it's moments, but Moning was too repetitive and I really disliked Mac in this book. I'll read the next one at some point, maybe sometime this month or the next. After finishing though, I have another question...
Does the author stop using phrases like, "I would soon learn how wrong I was" or, "later I would know about this" or any other phrase that just dangles the fact that you don't know something about the book in front of you? It got old knowing that, yes, Mac could remember things that happened to her and that she learned.
Also, does she stop using the excuse "I won't bore you with details" for when she can't really think of something to back her claims? Like if you say something is so monstrous that nothing ever mentioned before has come close to it... you might describe it or go into a little detail about it rather than just saying it's the most frightening thing ever.
I... I really can't stand Moning. Her writing comes off as extremely pretentious and belittling. I'm hoping this is something just present in this book and doesn't carry on in the rest of her novels.
We did! How funny.
What you've got to say about the book gives me hope for the series as well. I definitely can appreciate an author who likes to build relationships rather than just create them.
And the fact that Mac grows up is certainly good to hear as well. I can deal with her character now if I know she doesn't stay like this for the series.
That's good to know they don't start a relationship. That actually gives me a lot of hope for the series. It seems like at this point that it's such a sure thing because of the way they are acting. I'm happy to know that a relationship that would be so cliched to start in the first book doesn't.
Suppose I'll keep reading on.
So I'm trying to work through this book right now and am about a quarter of the way in, but I'm finding myself not interested at all. Well, no, I'm interested, but the author comes off as so arrogant and dismissive of other works that I find it hard to read. She also contradicts herself and I find that distracting.
For example, she has her character explain how she never watches that many movies and she reads all the time. First off, Mac keeps making movie references - to current movies and old movies. I thought she didn't watch them? Secondly, her reason for reading books is that she likes that they leave some details up to you - that they don't paint a picture for you and tell you every single detail. A couple paragraphs latter, Mac is describing exactly what she's wearing - in excruciatingly painful detail. What the hell? If the author likes books because it lets you decide some of the details, why is she forcing this crap out?
Then there's all the talk of name brand crap. I don't need to know every five seconds about how much Mac loves her Juicy purse or her iPod. I just don't care. Call it a purse. That's what it is. It being a Juicy purse isn't impressive at all - especially when the character touts being thrifty and all.
Just overall I am really not liking Mac. She's coming off as nothing more than one of those stupidly stubborn girl girls with no common sense. Then she's a bartender and a stubborn ass, but talks like a prude. I mean, I'm just not getting a sense for who this character really is. It seems like the author doesn't even know who she is and is just adding things here and there that makes her seem "cool."
.... I guess my point in this is that I'm wondering if she's like this the entire novel. If I'm going to have to read about every single outfit she changes into and all the little name brand things she likes to buy. And will Barrons and Mac actually start a relationship? If they do, I don't think I want to read on. Cliched romance and crappy characters just aren't worth the time when there are so many other books out there to read.
... if you are going to write a novel with vampires in it, keep them from being sexfiends. Make them the monsters they once were. Or just nix them altogether and go for some other supernatural creature that isn't used so damn much.
No... no, don't submit yourself to that horrendous excuse of an 'adaptation!'
That sounds really interesting Mike.... I'll have to download that book.
Gah, that sounds good. I need to hurry up and finish the book I'm on so I can start Midnight Reflections!
I'll give i a few episodes to really decide.
Who is she?
So I watched the first episode... it... wasn't that great. I expected it to be more like Eureka, but it ended up being more of a high school romance. =\
The pacing is pretty terrible too.
Huh, that sounds pretty interesting. I'll have to see about watching the first couple episodes.
I've never even heard of it. o.O
What's it about?
I'll nominate Skin Deep by Mark del Franco.
She'll need to keep up appearances—if she wants to stay alive…
Being an undercover agent has its occupational hazards, but Laura Blackstone makes it look easy. As a spy for a fey intelligence agency, she uses her magical abilities to create disguises that are skin deep…glamours that must never be compromised. But when Laura's worlds collide she'll have more to worry about than retiring an identity; she may just lose her life.
I'll be participating. My books:
Urban Fantasy 1: Felix Castor 3
Urban Fantasy 2: Trick of the Light by Rob Thurman
Other Fantasy: The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
New Author: I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells
Animal Cover: Homer's Odyssey by Gwen Cooper