I've reached the end of my patience with certain characteristics that litter too many romance novels. I used to be able to ignore the warts and focusI've reached the end of my patience with certain characteristics that litter too many romance novels. I used to be able to ignore the warts and focus on these stories' beautiful eyes, but I seem to have lost that talent.
I did manage to make it 230 pages into Dark Side of the Moon, over the course of about 2 months. Then I hit a sentence which is the last sentence of its type that I ever want to read. Ever. "She was amazing. And she was stronger than anyone had a right to be." (From the hero's point of view)
This followed a paragraph in which the heroine described how she had attempted to commit suicide after suffering a career setback.
Now, come on. Sure, it's great that she decided to live after her aborted suicide attempt. But "stronger than anyone had a right to be?" Seriously?
I just can't handle any more books that: a) Ascribe characteristics to characters that the rest of the book doesn't support. If the heroine is the smartest/wittiest/most caring/strongest/whatever-est, I don't want to be told about it. I want to see it for myself. b) Go on and on rehashing characters thoughts and feelings for one another. Maybe I'm emotionally stunted. But I do not enjoy wallowing in an endless loop of feelings, even feelings of love and admiration. If there's going to be wallowing, it needs to be fresh in some way.
Dark Side of the Moon suffers from both of these failings, as well as others, such as a less than endearing heroine. So I'm going to have to take it back to the library unfinished. And from now on, when these characteristics pop up in the first couple chapters of a novel, I'm going to listen to my inner eye-roller and give up on it--before I waste 230 pages worth of my time.
I will give it 2 stars rather than one, though, out of affection for a few other books in the series and because I did manage to read as far as I did. And because I hate to give the lowest possible score to a book with any redeeming features. ...more
Yawn. Gave up on Darkness Unknown half way through. Not enough action or excitement, and I wasn't connecting with the characters. I've enjoyed the othYawn. Gave up on Darkness Unknown half way through. Not enough action or excitement, and I wasn't connecting with the characters. I've enjoyed the other Paladin books; I guess this one just wasn't my speed (especially after having finished Neverwhere yesterday). Maybe the next one will be more to my tastes....more
This is a perfectly nice book about the romance between a perfectly nice psychiatrist and a perfectly nice 200 year old vampire, whose mother gifts heThis is a perfectly nice book about the romance between a perfectly nice psychiatrist and a perfectly nice 200 year old vampire, whose mother gifts her with the psychiatrist to help cure her inconvenient fear of blood.
The "nice" part is what killed the book for me. It was just too peaceful. Vampires aren't dangerous, dark, or brooding--they're the neighbors next door who just happen to drink hemoglobin from a bag instead of milk from a glass. The hero and heroine are sweet, sweet, sweet--i.e., boring. The hero isn't troubled by being repeatedly kidnapped by vampires and tied to a bed; he just finds them interesting, though he does seem a trifle perturbed at the idea of having his mind wiped out by his new friends' relatives. The heroine doesn't seem all that passionate about her new love, though she does work up the gumption to try to save him from brain damage.
Nobody seems to care enough about anything in A Quick Bite, and their apathy finally drowned me. I gave up about 2/3 of the way through, with no doubt as to exactly how the book was going to play out.
Perhaps other people, who aren't such adrenaline junkies, will enjoy this book, however. I see it as appealing to those who like the type of "sweet" romances that I usually eschew. The writing is smooth and flows nicely. It's pleasant enough to read, and for someone who is looking for a low-key way to wile away a few hours, A Quick Bite may satisfy. ...more
Owww...the writing...it stings. And the story feels like the same old, same old. I think I've been reading too many well-written books lately. No urgeOwww...the writing...it stings. And the story feels like the same old, same old. I think I've been reading too many well-written books lately. No urge at all to read the second half of this one....more
Occasionally funny, frequently lame. Full of boring ad-hominem nonsense (which may be satisfying if you really hate, say, Joe Biden) and straw men. IOccasionally funny, frequently lame. Full of boring ad-hominem nonsense (which may be satisfying if you really hate, say, Joe Biden) and straw men. I can't imagine this speaking to anyone who actually analyzes arguments rather than just automatically nodding bobble-heads. ...more