Well, at least I can stop torturing myself with this series--I am all caught up. We have the usual completely dysfunctional,and uninteresting "r*sigh*
Well, at least I can stop torturing myself with this series--I am all caught up. We have the usual completely dysfunctional,and uninteresting "romance" with stud muffin Ryan sputtering weakly in one corner, the added frisson of an old fling showing up to cause much testosterone-laced, childish posturing between the two "men" (over Tempe, who, I'm sorry, but I cannot separate her in my mind from the unfortunately femme-mulleted and awkward-looking Ms Reichs herself, so I have a lot of difficulty picturing her as a sizzling sex kitten driving all the boys crazy, KWIM?), the ho-hum head injury, and the overly complicated plot that was pretty uninteresting, actually. Diamond mines and drug wars----pfffft.. Except for the forensics, of course, that is what has kept me plugging doggedly along. I am kinda hoping Brennan will finally not survive her close brush with death in the next installment but I know a cash cow when I see one and I am afraid it's not over yet, and I am horribly afraid I'm gonna keep reading
And can I just go on a little rant here about Ryan's long-lost daughter, the heroin addict? Not cool. Ms. Reichs. I do not think much of that particular plot device at all. I don't happen to believe that there are too many happy endings for heroin addicts and I am disappointed to see this devastating condition tossed around so casually because you need a reason for Ryan to act like an asshat or disappear for a few weeks or whatever. I cringe every time Ryan brings her up. Don't even get me started on that whole trip to Hawaii thing that happened in Spider Bones. I don't know what kind of father would take his junkie daughter to an island paradise and then leave her virtually unsupervised the entire time but it is not the kind of father Ryan fancies himself to be. The hypocrisy is staggering.
OK, I'll shut up now. Fans of this series may be asking themselves why I continue to read along when I am clearly so "Meh" about it. That is an excellent question and I wish I had the answer....more
I found the legalese a bit tedious and the thread about Lina's mother didn't really go anywhere and seemed sort of unnecessary, but Josephine's storyI found the legalese a bit tedious and the thread about Lina's mother didn't really go anywhere and seemed sort of unnecessary, but Josephine's story was quite compelling and well-told. ...more
Boring. The characters took ages and ages to work out the simplest ideas, which any moderately intelligent reader would already have guessed at withinBoring. The characters took ages and ages to work out the simplest ideas, which any moderately intelligent reader would already have guessed at within a few sentences. The basic plot line was interesting but it just got lost in all the flipping-around-in-time and needless descriptiveness. ...more
Why am I compelled to continue reading this series? There was absolutely nothing interesting or different about this book--yes, Ms. Brennan's pantiesWhy am I compelled to continue reading this series? There was absolutely nothing interesting or different about this book--yes, Ms. Brennan's panties had their own scene, she rolled her eyes a lot, and her relationship (so-called) continues to go nowhere. The whole heroin-addicted long-lost daughter plot thread just turns my stomach, by the way, but that's a whole 'nother story. The lecture topics in this novel (you ever get the feeling that it's all filler for an otherwise pretty skimpy tale? me too) included Santaria, voodoo, Satan worship, and Wicca, which were kind of interesting, but didn't really go anywhere since it turns out the murderer was just some crazy person who was barely mentioned until he---surprise!--abducted Tempe, and who had nothing at all to do with any of it. I hate myself for wasting time and money on these stupid books yet I cannot stop myself. Thank God there are only a few more left.
I should mention that I have all ready plowed through 206 Bones, as well, and if you'll just substitute "board certification" for "Santaria, voodoo, etc" and delete "kind of interesting" , you"ll have my review of that heart-stopper....more
"Eerie tale of psychological terror"? Not so much. The elements of a good old-fashioned Gothic romp are certainly present, but befuddled by long and d"Eerie tale of psychological terror"? Not so much. The elements of a good old-fashioned Gothic romp are certainly present, but befuddled by long and distracting chapters about Woodrow Wilson and Upton Sinclair, neither of whom have anything to do with the Curse on the Slade family. Wilson is at least somewhat interesting, with his paranoia and long list of nervous complaints, but I was forced out of boredom to skim large sections about Sinclair in an effort to relocate the story line, such as it was. I suppose the author was attempting some sort of contrast between the burgeoning Socialist movement and the old-money, elitist society of the Princeton upper class, but if so it was weak and fell flat. ...more
Meh. Though Tempe continues her recent trend of NOT being hit in the head and/or abducted, other plot threads are tediously repeated and in general thMeh. Though Tempe continues her recent trend of NOT being hit in the head and/or abducted, other plot threads are tediously repeated and in general this tenth in the series was sort of idiotic. Her tremulous outrage over the sexual exploitation of young girls is cliche and boring and WTH is going on with her love life? It is just getting ridiculous. I would add a spoiler alert and go on a nice little mini-rant about that but I can't be bothered. Taking a break from the series now. Buhbye....more
I am relieved to report that Temperance Brennan's fantastically durable noggin has suffered no unconsciousness-rendering blows in either this novel orI am relieved to report that Temperance Brennan's fantastically durable noggin has suffered no unconsciousness-rendering blows in either this novel or the previous one, Cross Bones. Her cases continue to be interesting and her personal life is a complete mess. Hooray! I have noticed that she mentions her panties a lot--why??-- and that eye-rolling is an increasingly annoying fixture among her various facial tics. I honestly cannot remember the last time I rolled my eyes. Can't she alternate the eye-rolling with an occasional muttered profanity or flipping of the bird, or something? It's giving me a headache....more
Tempe has just suffered her seventh traumatic brain injury to date and i know the story will devolve into the usual formulaic ending so I don't reallyTempe has just suffered her seventh traumatic brain injury to date and i know the story will devolve into the usual formulaic ending so I don't really have to keep reading from here (do I?)I am surprised she is not a shambling, drooling amnesiac, she's been hit in the head so much. As always, I found the first 85% or so of this novel to be pretty interesting but I am getting annoyed at the tediously repetitious denouement. Can't Ms. Reichs come up with some other way to draw her novels to a close? ...more
This is my 6th Temperance Brennan novel--I am reading them in order. The two main themes--Tempe gets some sort of "back off" warning from the killer aThis is my 6th Temperance Brennan novel--I am reading them in order. The two main themes--Tempe gets some sort of "back off" warning from the killer and promptly puts herself and/or her friends and family in imminent danger, and she gets knocked in the head A LOT--are tediously repeated here and I have faith that they will continue ad infinitum. To be honest, once I get to the part when she is rendered unconscious and awakens to find herself held prisoner but, strangely, left unshackled and therefore able to use her wits to escape in some manner (usually a timely rescue by clever men who somehow figure out exactly where she's gone off the grid), I start skimming because by then I really don't care that much about who did what to whom. What I find interesting about these books are the bizarre cases Tempe finds herself embroiled in, and the forensics. I do love me some grisly dead bodies, the more putrefied the better. It's a sickness.
There are numerous flaws with this series, as mentioned above and also including ridiculously convoluted plots with too many threads. There is a certain amount of lecturing on various subjects--motor cycles, human rights, DNA, what-have-you--but some of that information is interesting. I'd never even heard of a spix's macaw before this book, for example. And these books are nothing like the TV series!!! Just kidding, I haven't ever watched "Bones" and would never expect a TV version of anything to amount to much. But I find Tempe amusing. Onward to book #7! I will keep going until I can't take it anymore....more