4+ stars for the artwork: Mort Drucker really was an amazing artist.
2 - 2.5 stars for the parodies: A lot of the parodies don't age well, though I was4+ stars for the artwork: Mort Drucker really was an amazing artist.
2 - 2.5 stars for the parodies: A lot of the parodies don't age well, though I was transported back to the late '70s/early '80s when I owned the original comics some of those parodies appeared in....more
Rather disappointing story about Malcolm and his crew post events in Serenity (the movie). The artwork is subpar and the story feels slapped togetherRather disappointing story about Malcolm and his crew post events in Serenity (the movie). The artwork is subpar and the story feels slapped together with little thought about character or continuity.
Decidedly not something I would recommend to a fan of the series....more
Let me explain: I’m not a devoted fan of the mystery genre though I’m thankful to GoodReads for introducing me to some worthy authorsCouldn’t finish.
Let me explain: I’m not a devoted fan of the mystery genre though I’m thankful to GoodReads for introducing me to some worthy authors in that field that I would otherwise never have read. In the normal course of affairs, I probably would not have picked this book up even though the premise – a detective working in Nazi and post-war Germany – was promising. However, I work with a woman who likes this sort of thing and I keep my eye open for books to recommend or get for Xmas gifts.
In this case, I definitely can’t recommend this author to her, nor to anyone else.
The writing is not compelling or really very good. As a reader I was constantly being thrown out of the story by Kerr’s clumsy and overwrought metaphors. Perhaps I’m missing the point. Perhaps Kerr is parodying the noir genre with passages like this:
Back in the bedroom, she was still standing there, waiting for me to come and help myself. Impatient of her, I snatched her knickers down, pulling her onto the bed, where I prised her sleek, tanned thighs apart like an excited scholar opening a priceless book. For quite a while I pored over the text, turning the pages with my fingers and feasting my eyes on what I had never dreamed of possessing (pp. 68-9).
The concierge was a snapper who was over the hill and down a disused mine-shaft. Her hair was every bit as natural as a parade goose-stepping down the Wilhelmstrasse, and she’d evidently been wearing a boxing-glove when she’d applied the crimson lipstick to her paperclip of a mouth. Her breasts were like the rear ends of a pair of dray horses at the end of along hard day. Maybe she still had a few clients, but I thought it was a better bet that I’d see a Jew at the front of a Nuremberg pork-butcher’s queue (p. 97).
I stuck with it for more than a hundred pages but in the end, I wasn’t interested enough to continue....more
The Door in the Mountain is a retelling of the Minotaur myth told from the points of view of Ariadne, traditionally the young Minoan princess who, smi
The Door in the Mountain is a retelling of the Minotaur myth told from the points of view of Ariadne, traditionally the young Minoan princess who, smitten with love for the Athenian Theseus, aids him in killing the Minotaur, and Chara, her slave, who is a creation of the author.
Overall, I enjoyed the book. Like HM Hoover’s The Dawn Palace, an interpretation of Medea, Sweet has given believable motivations to her protagonists, even if – in Ariadne’s case – they make her the villain [which kind of bums me out because I’ve always harbored a soft spot for Ariadne, considering her fate in the traditional version]. I understand why Ariadne becomes the person she does but I hope Sweet grants her some redemption in the sequel(s).
The novel is categorized as YA. I would amend that to “older” YA. There’s an episode where Ariadne willingly participates in torture that some parents might consider too disturbing for their children.
I would recommend Sweet’s interpretation, and I’m looking forward to reading the sequel, The Flame in the Maze....more