Unfortunately I was a little disappointed with The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. It took me more than half way before I could start to get into i...moreUnfortunately I was a little disappointed with The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. It took me more than half way before I could start to get into it and even then I still wasn’t sure what was so good about it. I have seen the film adaptation, that I liked, but I don’t remember why and I can barely remember the story, so there were aspects of the original that surprised me.
The introduction of the invisible man to the group made me want to laugh and not with the story, but at it, it’s such a typical invisible man sexual fantasy. I guess it’s answering the question of what an invisible man would do, but isn’t that the cliché of it? That it’s expected an invisible man, especially a criminally insane one, would go and root unsuspecting women? To me this is unoriginal, but I don’t know if it is truly unoriginal with this story because I’ve already read and watched plenty of stories with an invisible man as it is, or not and I think it’s safe to say that at some point someone would have thought of an invisible man having sex, right (almost like Rule 34)?
By that point, to be fair, it was only a quarter of the way so I was hoping it would get better. Maybe it was a story that wasn’t going to grab me until the middle of it or thereabouts, a slow starter, a steady climber, something I was missing! And it did get a little better, but I still can’t see what the fuss is about and that surprises me because I have really enjoyed Alan Moore’s work so far.
I really enjoyed Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, the first in her Infernal Devices trilogy. It’s the prequel to her Mortal Instruments series, but...moreI really enjoyed Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, the first in her Infernal Devices trilogy. It’s the prequel to her Mortal Instruments series, but I think you can get away with reading it without reading MI first. There is one character that is in the MI series, but it’s not pertinent to know about him beforehand. It feels more like a nice extension of the world, and also like a bit of a crossover character wise.
I’ve noticed that some synopses differ in that it leads you to think it’s either a love story with a love triangle compared to it being more about this mystery with a bit of romance. I hate love triangles (refer to my 3in1 review that mentions love triangles, but please be aware there are spoilers for VA fans) and am not overly thrilled when it comes to reading romance stories, so for those who might be deterred by the love triangle synopsis; I urge you to discard it because yes there is a romantic quality, but being the first book in the trilogy and therefore an introduction to the characters, the romance aspect of it is light.