It's like J. K. Rowling browsed through Archive Of Our Own, picked out the wildest shit possible, paid off the author and went like, "Yep, this is theIt's like J. K. Rowling browsed through Archive Of Our Own, picked out the wildest shit possible, paid off the author and went like, "Yep, this is the one we'll make canon."
Which is another way of saying this is an utterly beautiful and endlessly trashy gift to mankind if you approach it with the right mindset....more
I finished reading "On Chesil Beach" in the middle of the night and took notes on my phone for later reviewing. Here they are in their entirety: (view sI finished reading "On Chesil Beach" in the middle of the night and took notes on my phone for later reviewing. Here they are in their entirety: (view spoiler)[ 2 stars for Florence because wow girl Im glad u didnt marry thT asshole (hide spoiler)] ...more
5/5 for characters - the main characters are (surprisingly) diverse and i came to love all of them 1/5 foi am very, very conflicted about six of crows.
5/5 for characters - the main characters are (surprisingly) diverse and i came to love all of them 1/5 for worldbuilding - i complained in lengthy detail about shadow and bone and i'll do it again for six of crows. the real world counterparts to ravka, kerch and fjerda are so obvious that it's insulting to have bardugo rely on stereotypes, bend the facts to fit the story, and blatanly mispresent the cultures. i'd rather have a fantasy world built clumsily from scratch than this appropriating mess. 3/5 for plot development and entertainment - it was a fun read, the writing went from acceptible to good and back, the pacing was ok. i didn't like the backtracking after certain plot twists to explain how they came to be, though admittedly it was not the worst solution.
so, yeah. the story obviously has its draw-backs, but (in some ways) it's a rewarding read....more
i'll start this by saying that my expectations regarding this novel were incredibly low, and sure enough, it would certainly benefit from a decent edii'll start this by saying that my expectations regarding this novel were incredibly low, and sure enough, it would certainly benefit from a decent editor and more in-depth characterization of basically all characters.
i feel like this kind of romance usually focuses on people barely out of high school who are just discovering their sexuality, so i was actually delighted to find the narrator a man in his forties, with two ex-wives and a son and an actual past. the story doesn't only explore the relationship between rase and gabriel, but also rase's relationships to other people - his son, his ex-wive, his employees - and i liked that a lot, because too many romances feel isolated and/or forced. the d/s stuff is safe, sane and consensual, and (outside of sexual situations) the characters treat each other with respect and love.
the writing was a bit repetitive at times, and i missed more fleshed-out interactions beyond the sex scenes, but all things considered, it was a pleasant read. ...more
this started out as a 5 star book and ended at around 2 stars. i loved colin as a character, probably because i related Too Fucking Much, and the wholthis started out as a 5 star book and ended at around 2 stars. i loved colin as a character, probably because i related Too Fucking Much, and the whole set-up was really well done.
things that let me down were: - the lack of continuity. characters were brought up and then forgotten, then different characters showed up, and none of them got the attention they deserved. (what happened to karen, who was obviously a part of colin's life in the beginning? what about maya? that guy from the books for prison organization?) - the lack of depth. what about colin's coin trick? where, and why, did he learn that, and why was it never brought up again/mentioned in the first place? what about colin's obsessive cleaning? why is X so important to him, since he shows up like once? ... - so many things felt like they were supposed to characterize colin, but just sort of thrown in and not properly done. - telling. instead of showing. the entire epilogue was superfluous - it had enough story to write one or two more books about, and frankly, if it's done so heartlessly, why have it there at all? colin's relationships to people: we see him interacting maybe once or twice with X, but we're TOLD that they're best friends much more often than that. like we'd forget. (and by the way, Javier and Xavier?) then there are colin's brothers, who don't get any characterization at all until the very end.
why i still loved it: - i am here for colin i mean colin is an asshole sorry but i loved him and he's super important to me - rafe. thank you for existing - a story that's not about pretentious rich white dudes
so uh. all in all, i loved the story, i loved the characters, it wasn't perfectly written or anything but let's hope the author gets more skilled with the next books. i'd be down for that....more
Sutphin Boulevard is a great book already by itself, from the subtle but masterful shift of perspective compared to white gay characters, to the realiSutphin Boulevard is a great book already by itself, from the subtle but masterful shift of perspective compared to white gay characters, to the realistic-but-satisfying happy ending that not enough LGBT stories get these days - but when a story can reach out, touch something in me and change my perspective, that's powerful. (I am aware this is probably a classic example of "read at the right time in the right place".)...more
so, as someone with experience with both the edited & the unedited version of evenfall, i can safely say that "afterimage" too will profit from edso, as someone with experience with both the edited & the unedited version of evenfall, i can safely say that "afterimage" too will profit from editing and get a lot better. that said, even unedited it's still easily superior to some of the other dystopia/romance novels out there.
i love how the story brings together action, smut and the workings of friendship, relationships, and anything beyond or inbetween. i admit that sometimes it does get tiring to read about boyd's or sin's internal monologue about ~feelings~ for the 13th time - and at the same time, i am glad the authors took the opportunity to explore them, to bring up different points of view and didn't shy away from the consequences.
apart from that, i enjoyed the new characters that were introduced. (and kassian trovosky. boy, did i enjoy kassian trovosky.)...more
this book really hit a nerve. a beautiful mix of vulgarity, truth, and self-mockery. i feel like a lot of books dealing with depression leave out thethis book really hit a nerve. a beautiful mix of vulgarity, truth, and self-mockery. i feel like a lot of books dealing with depression leave out the "good" parts, focus on the sadness and ignore that there's another energy-draining component, the back-and-forth between being weirdly lovely on top of the world and feeling like the most fucked-up loser. it's human and imperfect and grossly, lovely intimate.
did i expect to read about someone's vomiting fantasies when i picked up this book? no. i didn't even enjoy it. but there was something about the experience that made me feel less alone, that took away some of the shame of harbouring secret fantasies by sharing them.
inbetween the pages of sexts, describing alcohol and drug experiences and existential crisis, there is poetry, and truth, and vulnerability. i assume the exterior is manufactured to be off-putting, to gross people out, to keep them away, so only the ones who are able and willing to deal with the unmasked humanity get to the core.
i don't think this book is for everyone. but i've found myself in this book again and again - it was comforting and enlightening and it also gave me hope, not that i might be good, but maybe okay. and when you're struggling with depression, that's a lot.
"Me: am i allowed 2 be good and evil at the same time? Higher self: look around, bb. that's all there is." - So Sad Today, p. 126