I feel like neither one of the stories in this really worked that great together. Both sort of felt like cop-outs when you put them together? I dunno.I feel like neither one of the stories in this really worked that great together. Both sort of felt like cop-outs when you put them together? I dunno. I'mma keep reading....more
Gonna have to buy this one. Can't pass up the chance to have all these in one place, especially since I don't own The Emperor's Soul yet. Urgggghh I cGonna have to buy this one. Can't pass up the chance to have all these in one place, especially since I don't own The Emperor's Soul yet. Urgggghh I can feel the urge to do a Cosmere re-read creeping up on me . . . I DON'T HAVE TIME FOR THAT NONSENSE....more
Murder of Crows picks up a couple of days after Written in Red. The Lakeside courtyard is still dealing with the fallout from the whole Asia Crane incMurder of Crows picks up a couple of days after Written in Red. The Lakeside courtyard is still dealing with the fallout from the whole Asia Crane incident and the resulting storm that could have killed all the humans in the city, but didn't thanks to our heroine Meg's calming influence. Now, the problem that only slightly showed itself in book one, the two drugs Gone Over Wolf and Feel Good, are becoming more of an issue, as is the Humans First and Last movement, where idiot humans insist on antagonizing the Others and believing somehow they won't be killed for doing so. And then there's the effect Meg is having not just on Simon, but on all the Others and humans who live in Lakeside.
I'm sort of befuddled by how into this series I am right now. This second book has some pretty big red flags, things that usually mean I'll get disinterested at best, frustrated at worst, if they're not rectified or stopped. And yet somehow I'm still really into it. It is unholy magic.
Things that usually annoy me in books but somehow I don't care:
*The minutia focused writing. I would say about half of the words in this book are not based around the plot, but around characters doing fiddly day to day things like taking notes, shelving books, buying groceries and supplies, delivering packages, ordering cookies, talking about ordering cookies, bathing, changing clothes, watching movies, taking walks, and having a lot of logistical conversations, etc. You get the idea, the kind of stuff most authors skip. This was evident in the last book to a certain extent, but it made sense to me in that one because Meg was raised cut off from society and was experiencing everything for the first time. Here, she's getting the hang of everything and coming into her own, and the writing is still focused on those things, and now Simon is more of a POV character, and Monty the cop, and the writing is still like that when they're steering the ship, too. It's just Bishop's style, I guess, and for some reason it doesn't annoy me, although I feel like it should.
*An innocent heroine who everyone loves, and everyone goes out of their way to help and protect her. Bishop actually takes this one to a new level, and maybe that's what makes it okay. At first the Others treat her like a curiosity, and some of them are hostile, but she won everyone over last book, and by this book, they all love her and feel protective of her to various degrees. Some think of her like a pet, some a friend . . . and some aren't sure (coughcoughSimoncough). Logistically speaking, Meg is dependent on them due to her inexperience, wanted status, and addiction to the euphoria that comes with prophecy.
*Repetition of images and phrases. Pretty self explanatory, really.
*The ending was abrupt, felt like it was lacking a real climax/conflict. The whole book leads up to (view spoiler)[Simon and the others finding the Controller at last, defeating him, and setting his blood prophets free. (hide spoiler)] The amount of story space this takes up is almost negligible. The actual scene was over unbelievably fast and in such a way that the characters seemed to have it easy. I wish there had been more of it, although once the fight was over, I did enjoy the way the fallout was handled. It leaves open avenues of conflict for future books, and doesn't quite solve their problems.
I had zero problems with the way the Simon/Meg relationship was handled. I liked the way he had no idea what was going on with them, and while others have read Meg's reaction to sex as infantilizing, I saw her reaction to the prospect of sex as an understandable result of her captivity, and not just that she had no experience with it, but that sex for her is associated with prophecy and trauma. (view spoiler)[I don't believe the text wants us to think that Meg was raped by the Controller's customers or employees after a prophecy (she was maybe too valuable to him?), but there's always the possibility, since other girls definitely were. (hide spoiler)]
I'm going into the next book pretty soon so I don't forget anything, and this time in hard copy, so we'll see if I still have similar issues in a different format, and if I'm still into it anyway, despite those issues.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Was reading a review of this and thought it sounded familiar, then realized I read it back in 2009 for a paper I wrote in grad school on captivity narWas reading a review of this and thought it sounded familiar, then realized I read it back in 2009 for a paper I wrote in grad school on captivity narratives, ha. It is not good....more
I'm such a sucker. Two books in a row have turned me into a dripping snot monster. Well, to be fair, I think I cried harder at this one than I otherwiI'm such a sucker. Two books in a row have turned me into a dripping snot monster. Well, to be fair, I think I cried harder at this one than I otherwise would have because I'd cried so hard at Code Name Verity the day before. I was all prepped to be emotional; all my systems were primed. At least this was a happy cry. Way better than that 'OH MY GOD THIS IS SO SAD MY HEART IS DYING' crying I did on that other book.
This was a book club pick I wouldn't have read on my own, since I find myself in my dotage being really weirdly suspicious of regular old fiction. I don't know what my deal is. It's like I think these books are just waiting there to pounce on me and use their generic plot manipulations on me, just to get me to feeeeel things. I don't really have a basis for this behavior. Anyway, I wouldn't have picked this up because I would have been too busy reading about crimes or spaceships or unicorns or whatever. Glad I did though. It was cute, but not so cute that I rolled my eyes. (The eye-rolling litmus test is very important in these kinds of books.)
So there's this guy called Ove, and he's extremely grumpy and hates everyone. Thinks we're all idiots with our newfangled notions, and nobody knows how to do anything properly anymore. He lives in a row-housing community in Sweden, and he has safely disdained all his neighbors for years now. The inciting incident in the book here is Ove getting new next-door neighbors ("foreigners") who introduce themselves by backing a trailer into his house and then running over his mailbox.
(view spoiler)[You find out pretty quickly that Ove's wife has died, and he's decided that six months was enough time, and he's decided to join her by killing himself. In a series of farcical accidents, every (legitimate) attempt he makes to off himself goes awry, and he gets pulled further in to his neighbor's lives. (hide spoiler)]
I expected it all to be very cloying and sentimental, with puppies and rainbows, and Ove learning how to be a good person and blah blah UGHH. But that's not exactly how it plays out. Ove never stops being Ove, and his misanthropy and grumpiness and disregard for other people (while still finding himself compelled to help them) lends a thick coating of bitter humor to what would most definitely otherwise have been one of those dreaded overly optimistic stories I can't really deal with anymore. I need my stories to have a real human bite to go along with my real human kindness.
My experience with this book has convinced me to try Backman's other books as well, but no idea when I will be getting around to them. I do have lots of murders and dragons and planets to read about.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more