I know that there is a great following for this series, and I know from reading them that they are nicely written with believable characters and an eaI know that there is a great following for this series, and I know from reading them that they are nicely written with believable characters and an easily followed plot line; but I stopped reading the series after the third book because they were, for me, just not getting any better.
So the main character? He's got leprosy. Yes: the stuff-falling-off-you thing. He's miserable. Of course, he was miserable before he got leprosy, but now he actually has a reason. One thing leads to another, and he is sucked in to a sword-and-sorcery alternate universe/otherworld/whatever where he no longer has leprosy and is also physically perfect. Of course, he thinks he's dreaming. Then when he fails to wake up after several days, he figures he's dead or something, so he rapes a woman violently to celebrate.
And then he becomes The Chosen One who has this huge awesome destiny and he is meant to rule the world and save it and pat it on it's head and blahblahblah. But, of course, he still doesn't believe.
He gets hurt and he doesn't believe it's real. He falls in love and he doesn't believe it's real. He gets PROOF and he doesn't believe it's real.
And all throughout him getting everything he's ever wanted and getting to play Big Damn Hero, he acts like a selfish, miserable douche the entire time. THE WHOLE TIME.
Hey, maybe he gets really righteous in book which followed the ones I read. He could, for all I know, actually pull his head out of his ass. I don't know. I only got to book three....more
Alright, so this is more empty, silly brain candy, okay? Let's get that out of the way from the top. It's not that I'm ashamed to have read iOh, lord.
Alright, so this is more empty, silly brain candy, okay? Let's get that out of the way from the top. It's not that I'm ashamed to have read it, but it does fall into a category of books that I've been dashing through since I was given a Kindle which I might not have read in public had I been forced to read them in analog rather than digital form.
It's a complex matter.
I read this because I love 19th century novels and because I'm a big soppy girl. I wanted to clear that up right at the top as well.
All excuses and explanations are now over with. Let's actually talk about this book.
So, the beginning is a bit rough. A thirty-something new York girl who strives to be taken seriously and be the kind of person depicted on Sex in the City is secretly the type of person who is afraid of being taken seriously and is usually depected in every romance/chick lit novel ever. The first couple of chapters are uncomfortable, cliche, and a little insulting. For example, the main character feels the need to hide her DVDs of the BBCs version of Pride and Predjudice. That's really stupid. For many reasons. It's a difinitive version of a classic novel and lots of people own copies. YOU might not, but I do. And I have a couple of friends who do. One of them is a punk rock tattoo artist and another is a photographer for a travel magazine. So the movie isn't just for book-ish losers like me. It's nothing to be ashamed of.
Anyhoo ... we get into the book: After the irritating opening, the main character is willed by a dead great-aunt an all-expense paid three-week vacation to a place called Pembrook Park, where one is totally emmersed in the Regncy Period. You must dress and speak and act as though it is 1812. Failing to do so will get you kicked out. They even send you study matierals so you can learn the dances and rules to the card games of the era and such.
From there I won't give it away, but it's a fun, cute, romance novel, that may or may not be real.
I've said too much.
Recommended. If you're into this sort of thing....more
Extremely disappointing. Cliche and trite and poorly written. A sluggish, irritating YA novel that adds nothing new and does nothing with establishedExtremely disappointing. Cliche and trite and poorly written. A sluggish, irritating YA novel that adds nothing new and does nothing with established conventions.
Also, it isn't really a Gaiman book. It was written by a Mister Reeves using an idea that our Neil talked with him about. Double trouble.
A wonderful, wonderful story about angels and death and possibly crazy people. It reminds me of both classic Noir stories and Paradise Lost all at theA wonderful, wonderful story about angels and death and possibly crazy people. It reminds me of both classic Noir stories and Paradise Lost all at the same time. I have only read this once, but I have the audio book on my MP3 player at all times. A delicious, sad, scary story that makes me think about things I have not thought of in ages. It's the best sort of Urban Fantasy/Speculative fiction. It's literate and entertaining. I highly recommend it....more