I really like Emma Bull's books. That said, this one was not as awesome as War for the Oaks, in my estimation.
This read a little like fanfic to me, soI really like Emma Bull's books. That said, this one was not as awesome as War for the Oaks, in my estimation.
This read a little like fanfic to me, so I was unsurprised to learn that it is technically set in someone else's universe. The world building is complete, but definitely feels like fanfic in that the reader is supposed to supply some of the background. With that missing, it makes a it more of a nice charcoal sketch instead of an oil painting. Which, interestingly enough, made the two initial characters stand out that much more against their background, but still. I should probably read the 'originating' book, and see what's what.
Another slightly strange thing was that I kept forgetting that our protagonist was supposed to be male. It was really odd. It became especially odd when the 'romantic sideplot' kicked in. The subplot in and of itself was strange because it seemed semi-out of place, and never really went anywhere, which I am conditioned to expect. So, that part left me sort of 'weh?', but not in a way that ruined the book for me.
Conclusion: I like, but she's done better. I'd like to reread at some point and see if I can figure out the whole narrator-gender thing. Is it just because in physical fiction I'm used to reading stuff with female protagonists? Is my female-as-default-assumption from eljay crossing over into my fiction-reading? Should I write more reviews and less journal entries? All this and more, when we return to I Write Cracked Out Reviews With Things That No One Cares About....more
**spoiler alert** I have a lot of things to say about this book from a fen/slasher/ficcer point of view, but very few things to say about it from a st**spoiler alert** I have a lot of things to say about this book from a fen/slasher/ficcer point of view, but very few things to say about it from a strictly reader point of view.
*** LOTS OF SPOILERS OMG WARNING WARNING ***
I felt like it ended in a terribly predictable way, which I generally can't fault as there are only so many plots in the world, but it's somewhat disappointing here.
There were a few 'surprise' deaths that really pissed me off, but that's neither here nor there. The only thing that really affected me was Doby.
I'm mildly peeved with how well she ruined both Remus and Tonks as interesting characters for me. I used to like them both a lot, and then they just became utterly worthless to me over the course of the last two books.
When Harry was going to die, I was actually worried for him, but I sort of wished he had stayed dead? I dunno, it would have been appropriate.
The epilogue was at once kind of cute, and also, as someone else so geniusly put it "JKR showed us her 35/? marysue kidfic wip". Um, yeah. It's cool that they reproduced, I guess, but the whole OMFG HETRONORMATIVITY YOU ARE WORTHLESS UNLESS YOU PROCREATE AND THAT IS HOW YOU KNOW YOU'VE LIVED A SUCCESSFUL LIFE thing made me vomit a bit in my mouth. I'd have rather seen what their jobs were and if they liked them or not, and maybe what the Ministry of Magic was up to.
But whatever. It's done. I'm going to go read metric fucktons of fic now....more
I can't decided exactly how I feel about this one. I mostly like it. The characters were fairly well fleshed out, and their motivations were mostly clI can't decided exactly how I feel about this one. I mostly like it. The characters were fairly well fleshed out, and their motivations were mostly clear.
Maybe my main problem is that about half the time, they were spot on reality, things I would do or have done or know someone who would do. The other half the time, I was completely unable to fathom why something just happened.
Three stars: I liked it, but probably won't revisit it....more
Part of it is that I ended up reading this one in little chunks, but the ending feels really rushed, and like I missed something that makes the timingPart of it is that I ended up reading this one in little chunks, but the ending feels really rushed, and like I missed something that makes the timing of the ending make sense. Otherwise, very good. I like the idea. Now if I can find a copy of the sequel somewhere.......more