Wow, this was absolutely not my cup of tea at all. Clearly this book has received otherwise very good reviews, so I forced myself to struggle throughWow, this was absolutely not my cup of tea at all. Clearly this book has received otherwise very good reviews, so I forced myself to struggle through the first 1/3 of it before I just couldn't take any more. The story seems to consist completely of non-stop "witty banter" (I suppose you would call it) between the various main characters. For me, however, it was just plain ridiculous. Non-stop ridiculous characters and non-stop ludicrous dialogue.
This is just one such example from chapter one (and keep in mind this dialogue is between two characters -- Gary, a unicorn without a horn, and Sam, a wizard apprentice -- who are currently tied up being held captive by the "evil" wizard, Lartin):
“Horse?” Gary snarled. The pretty unicorn act dropped immediately. Red sparks shot from his nose. “Did you just call me a horse? Listen here, you two-legged bag of shit. I’m not a motherfucking horse. I am a unicorn, and I am magic and a beautiful creature made of fucking sunshine and rainbows and good feelings.” “I knew it,” I whispered. “Get your ass over here so I can stomp on your face,” Gary said to Lartin. “Untie me, lie down on the ground, and let me stomp your face.” “You don’t have a horn,” Lartin pointed out. “That’s just rude,” I said. “I didn’t point out that your nose is really big. Why would you say something like that?” “Sam,” Gary said tearfully. “He called me a horse.” “Hey,” I said. “Hey. Look at me.” He did. His eyes were wet, and I wanted to punch Lartin in the spleen. “Who is the most beautiful unicorn in all of Verania?” “Me,” Gary sniffed. “And who has the prettiest mane?” “Me.” “And who is a badass motherfucker who’ll gut a bitch?” “Me!” “Damn right.”
Ugh. More dialogue between Sam and Gary the unicorn from the same scene where they are captured by Lartin the bad wizard:
“He’s a villain,” I said. “It’s what they do. They have to broadcast their entire plan when they think they’ve won because no one else will ever listen to them.” “Lame,” Gary said, glancing at Lartin. “Girl, I really don’t care. Unbind my legs before I scratch your eyes out.” “You don’t have fingers,” I reminded him. “You can’t scratch anything.” “He’s lucky I don’t have my horn back yet,” Gary muttered. “There’d be so much goring, it’d be unreal. It’d be like Gore City up in here. These roots are chafing. He should undo them.” “Are you going to undo them?” I asked Lartin. “Uh, no?” he said. “You know I captured you and you’re my prisoners, right? “Did he?” I asked Gary. “Well, we are tied up,” Gary said. “And not in the fun way.”
This is the tone through the whole book. To be fair, some people clearly derive enjoyment from this and have rated the book quite highly. I, however, am absolutely not one of them and had no idea what I was getting myself into based on the book blurb. Big disappointment. ...more
Short, simple, sweet. Would have liked more...more details, more background, more story in general. But that's pretty much standard for me when it comShort, simple, sweet. Would have liked more...more details, more background, more story in general. But that's pretty much standard for me when it comes to short stories....more
Life has dealt Wyatt a pretty crap hand. He's only 17, a junior in high school, but ever since a childhood tragedy resulting in his father's abandonmeLife has dealt Wyatt a pretty crap hand. He's only 17, a junior in high school, but ever since a childhood tragedy resulting in his father's abandonment and his mother's breakdown, he's had the sole responsibility of taking care of not only himself, but also his now invalid mother. He has no friends, no social life, and barely gets the bills payed by working minimum wage and selling drugs on the side. He only has 2 kitchen chairs (one of which he found in a dumpster), and he's never played a Gameboy before. Yeah, like I said, his life is pretty crap. That is, until brothers Alex and Garron move in across the street...
(And before you start getting any kinky ideas, NO, there is no 3-way with the brothers!)
Ok, so that's the basic premise/backstory. Now my thoughts:
Really nice. The general mood/feel is a little rough, a little gritty, even a little bleak at times...definitely not the typical mushy crap you see with a lot of the teen slash fic floating around out there. The writing and layout could use some polish, and the story is just not long enough or developed enough to delve into a lot of the complex issues as completely as I would have liked...but I found it to be quite enjoyable for what it is. ...more
Quick read, liked the premise...but I just wasn't feeling the chemistry between the two characters. Their unlikely romance was just a little too unlikQuick read, liked the premise...but I just wasn't feeling the chemistry between the two characters. Their unlikely romance was just a little too unlikely for me, I guess.
Would recommend checking out another story from this author though: It's Like This. Gave that one 4 stars....more
This story has gotten a lot of attention and has been pretty darn popular, for good reason. It's genuinely funny and heartbreaking, and just plain entThis story has gotten a lot of attention and has been pretty darn popular, for good reason. It's genuinely funny and heartbreaking, and just plain entertaining. On the other hand, it's also incomplete and hasn't been updated in more than a year, so I'm not really holding my breath on that anymore. But even as much as I hate, and I mean HATE incomplete fic, I'm still glad I took the time to read this one.
So the story centers around a student nurse who's just moved away from London in order to get over a trauma that occurred there. He moves in with another student: a wheelchair-bound punk skater kid. The student nurse is a real goody-goody, flamboyant type, while the skater is a real sarcastic/daredevil type. It's great. Good writing, clever/witty/funny dialogue, unique characters, compelling/emotional plot. Also, the portrayal of a disabled major character is really unique in this story for two big reasons: 1) It actually seems realistic, taking into account all the harsh and difficult challenges faced in a situation like this, and 2) No one is depressed about the disability. (It's definitely not like the typical "disabled character" story where the guy was in a car wreck and broke his legs and is on the road to recovery. The guy in this story has a permanent condition, and has adapted. And no one is whining about it!)
Anyway, I very much enjoyed reading this one, even in its incomplete state. I think I found it from the list of Memorable Fic Rec Entries over at the Slash Pile, so if you are looking for some more recommendations of quality slashfic, I'd check that out. ...more