More adventures and troubles with our enterprising little hero. I found book number four to be a bit stronger in the humor department compared to theMore adventures and troubles with our enterprising little hero. I found book number four to be a bit stronger in the humor department compared to the first three....more
Case #55879 in why I shouldn't pick out books to read based on their covers alone.
I'm about 130/541 pages in. So far everything is so dull that it's aCase #55879 in why I shouldn't pick out books to read based on their covers alone.
I'm about 130/541 pages in. So far everything is so dull that it's a chore. I should give up and return this to the library, but I'm stupidly stubborn when it comes to dropping titles I'm disliking.
This is a needlessly nitpicky point that aggravated me, but shortly into the book, a bunch of crows kidnaps our protagonist Prue's baby brother. Naturally, this is shocking and worrying, so she runs through the Portland streets to keep the crows in view. And I mean, directly through Portland streets, in front of cars that have to slam on their breaks, and she doesn't even spare a second glance or think "maybe running into the streets, even if my baby brother is being kidnapped, isn't such a good idea." Does the author just not drive or something? All the drivers are just nameless, one-scene throwaway characters to show how shocked she is, but as a car driver, having pedestrians jump out in front of me is something to always be vigilant and wary about, and I don't like seeing it even in fiction. Even the smallest cars weigh a whole bunch and can make smashy goo of 12 year old girls very easily. Most drivers aren't sociopathic enough to want to kill, even accidentally, someone with their car, and not just because they'll be accountable for it, even if really, it's the goddamn pedestrian's fault for LEAPING OUT INTO TRAFFIC. By the way, of course nothing bad happens to Prue, as she is The Protagonist and important enough to do stupid things like this with indemnity.
Though if she had gotten run over, we would've been spared this doorstopper of what I will now predict (though hope I may be proven wrong) to be a constant snore throughout, since everything would've been wrapped up nicely in about 15 pages. Prue's bro got snatched by some birds, then she died when she was hit by a car, running out into the streets to follow them. Ma and Pa Prue never find out what happened to their younger offspring. The End.
Why do I predict the whole book will be boring? The general writing thus far. Every time I turn the page, I just kind of stare at the whole WALL OF TEXT staring up at me and contemplate again just giving up. Any two-page spread can easily be made up of just three huge paragraphs or so. I'm sure plenty of people have no problem with that, but I prefer briefer, snappier writing, the sort of thing that's usually made better by, say, DIALOG. Those huge chunks of paragraphs are often just sentences after sentences of scenery description: trees, what kind of paintings are on the walls of the building Prue has just entered, or just the uninspired actions of what the nameless and unimportant background characters are currently undertaking. I get it. Scene-setting for our world-building. Except I don't care. I don't care that a deer is walking on two legs and buying apples or something, because it has little relevance to anything and we've already established the animals here are weird earlier on. Where is the developing of your more important characters, like Prue? So far all I've gotten from her is that she is a stupid, snide child who at least cares for her brother, which we already established about ten pages into the book. 120 pages later, and she's barely had any lines of dialog, or much internal thought for us to build some sort of rapport with her, so I still feel the same way about her.
Also. Seriously. SRSLY. Your 12 year old takes your one year old out ALL DAY, and you don't even look at the baby later on? Prue's parents are obviously all about the hands-off approach to parenting, which isn't necessarily and automatically bad, but to this degree, it's amazing Prue lived to be 12 without having already died from gross negligence.
Okay, let's think positive thoughts. From here on out, everything is going to be AMAZEBALLS FASCINATING. Yes. Let's go....more
1.25 stars. I guess I've lowered my standards, but book 2 was vaguely better than the first, if only because the paddling isn't focused on quite so mu1.25 stars. I guess I've lowered my standards, but book 2 was vaguely better than the first, if only because the paddling isn't focused on quite so much, and "delicious" was probably used less than five times this time around, as opposed to around 50 in the first.