So, the problem with finishing books at work and going on to another book? By the time I'm back home and able to write my review on the book I've fini...moreSo, the problem with finishing books at work and going on to another book? By the time I'm back home and able to write my review on the book I've finished, I've lost most interest I had in reviewing. Or maybe that's just a problem with this book for today.
Here's the thing.. I never really got classic noir movies like Casablanca or the Maltese Falcon. Oh, I watched them and enjoyed them, but I never really understood the hype. I do, however, have a soft spot (either in my head, or my heart, I'm not quite sure which it is) for bad boys. Yeah, I'm like so many other women in that regard. At least I know that I should only admire from afar.
This book? Is both noir and has a bad boy in it. Think Mel Gibson's Payback, only with clueless demons, psychotic angels, and even cooler weapons. Oh, and the Authorities? are bigoted fake Texans. Yeah, it's your typical noir - gritty, everyone has their own agenda, and the protagonist very much isn't the White Hat. You'll root for him, because what else are you going to do in this kind of situation, but he's unapologetically a monster.
And, I think that's where I run into my first problem. From afar, a bad boy can be sexy. But talk to him (or share his headspace) for awhile, and all I really want to do is pat him on the head and say, "buck up, buddy. You're making your life a lot more of a hell than it needs to be." And then leave him to go watch Monty Python's Life of Brian. This book left me with the uncomfortable feeling that antiheroes really are just the original emokids. Minus the really bad poetry, maybe. Whenever he started thinking about his lost love, I kept expecting him to shout "for yooooou!"
The plot was fun, though. And Kadrey really does know how to write kick ass fight/action scenes. And, my issues with antiheroes aside, he does make interesting characters. Yes, they were all noir archetypes and expected, but they were expected in a good, interesting way, like an old friend you haven't talked to in awhile.
Favorite line from the book: "It looks like a tv remote fucked a little typewriter, and this is the bastard child." Yes, I dropped an f-bomb in a review. If that troubles you: don't read this book.(less)
Having reached my "25% and I'm still not enjoying it" benchmark, I've decided to give up on this one. The main character can be forgiven many faults,...moreHaving reached my "25% and I'm still not enjoying it" benchmark, I've decided to give up on this one. The main character can be forgiven many faults, considering she *is* a demon, but just as I wouldn't have someone who is morally bankrupt, I don't enjoy spending time in that kind of person's head. This book? just isn't for me.(less)
First of all, it would have been a LOT better if someone had, I don't know, EDITED the book. There were many "blocks" of conversation where two people...moreFirst of all, it would have been a LOT better if someone had, I don't know, EDITED the book. There were many "blocks" of conversation where two people were speaking in the same paragraph, many typos, and it simply wasn't organized to it's fullest potential. Now, normally I'm not a harpy about that sort of thing, but when the writing is also weak, and the plot doesn't seem to GO anywhere for the first half of the book, things like that tend to stand out. The character is, like many in the paranormal genre, a Mary Sue.
All in all, there are better books out there.(less)
I seriously need a shelf that goes "Started out utterly in love with it, then found out stuff about the author that made me rethink what I was reading...moreI seriously need a shelf that goes "Started out utterly in love with it, then found out stuff about the author that made me rethink what I was reading, which ultimately made me dislike the book." This book would go on that shelf.
Now, before reading this, I hadn't heard of Cassandra Clare. After all, I don't read fanfic (yeah, I'm a snob, so sue me.) While reading the first half of this, while I found some inconsistencies with the main character's thoughts and actions, I pretty much felt "oh, hey, people aren't usually consistent, I'll just chalk it up to being human." I was, after all, quite enjoying the prose. Say what you might about her, she *does* paint lovely with words. And, despite some inconsistencies, she was portraying some understanding of Victorian times. I was in love.
And then, I found out about the fanfic hullabaloo. That made me curious as to why people had panned this book, and I read some of the reviews. Apparently, this was a recycling story. While that's not a sin in and of itself, it *did* throw me out of the lovefest I was in, and made me more critical of the story, perhaps causing me to be more observant of what I was reading. I found more and more inconsistencies, both in character and in time period. There was also a spot, near the end, where the dialogue just made me cringe, because it was so clumsy. Being someone who's been noted to be good at writing dialogue, cringe-worthy dialogue is *not* so easily overlooked.
Another reason I'm not rating this as a five star is the love story. While certain not unique, I'm *tired* of reading about girl-wants-angsty-pain-in-the-ass-instead-of-sweet-boy. Are so many women *really* that delusional about sustainable love? Again, this isn't a unique complaint, but it's certainly a factor.
Finally, it ends on a cliffhanger. I *hate* that. It just seems like a cheap shot at the audience. A story should be strong throughout and not *need* a cliffhanger ending to cause the fanbase to want more.
So. Those are my reasons it isn't five-star-worthy, and having undecided and troubled feelings about the author in general.(less)
I adore this series. To the point of always looking to see if Armstrong has written more, whenever I'm in the middle of one of her books. Even IF this...moreI adore this series. To the point of always looking to see if Armstrong has written more, whenever I'm in the middle of one of her books. Even IF this book ends on a cliff-hanger, I adore this series.(less)