I saw this book, I think on a Recommended shelf at Indigo and noticed that Libba Bray had a new book out. I really liked her A Great and Terrible BeauI saw this book, I think on a Recommended shelf at Indigo and noticed that Libba Bray had a new book out. I really liked her A Great and Terrible Beauty series. I was disappointed by Going Bovine though, but she seemed to be going back to historical fiction with a paranormal twist, so I was definitely interested. The actual hardcover, though, was huge!
I bought the kobobook and immediately loved the Roaring Twenties setting. Kudos to Bray on her research and immersiveness, I loved all the dialogue and general tone.
I get scared really easily, so I found pretty much everything with Naughty John horrifying, and I'm really hoping that now I'm done, I'll stop freaking out that some random ghost is gonna pop out of nowhere and murder me. Does that count as effective ambience?
One thing that didn't quite work for me was the setup of the ongoing series. It seemed a lot was made of the side characters' supernatural abilities, but in the climax of the story, it all seemed to fall to the wayside until the next book, I presume. I found it most notable with Theta's story, since she didn't get much of a wrap-up at the end. Oh, and also Isaiah was annoying, such a "younger brother"...actually, I must've missed his age because I assumed he wasn't that young, but his actions were of a much more immature child. ...more
Yay an Emma shout-out on top of the Persuasion one. I definitely liked the Book 1 part the best, but I'm also not much of a mystery reader anyways. I'Yay an Emma shout-out on top of the Persuasion one. I definitely liked the Book 1 part the best, but I'm also not much of a mystery reader anyways. I'm glad Lydia's portion was pretty insubstantial for most of the book, because I had forgotten how *annoying* she is.
There were a few things I didn't enjoy just because of my preconceived notions of the characters, and then a few things I didn't like because of the writing. Of the latter, it was mostly just the very exposition-y bits about the various portions of a murder trial in Napoleonic Wars times. It got a little boring. Also, so much of the description seemed to be so obviously for the "modern reader" to explain why they couldn't do things the CSI way. Not that I would expect them to, hence finding it a little over-explained. I did find the little segue on the lack of appeals process interesting, but only in the trivia sense.
For the characterizations, I always though Colonel Fitzwilliam was fairly pleasant and non-offensive, but he was really douche-y in this book. It wasn't a huge deal, and by the end of the book I was just used to thinking he's a generally pompous guy, but it was jarring at the beginning. Also the thought of him with Georgiana (not a spoiler) is squicky. One that did make me sad was the little side-note on Charlotte. I really liked Charlotte in the original book, and I always assumed that after Elizabeth's visit that Elizabeth had a better understanding of how Charlotte could resign herself to a life married to Mr. Collins. And in my head I imagined that they went back to being good enough friends that they would write often or something. So it was a little sad to read that Elizabeth never trusted Charlotte again and suspected her of deviousness/mischievousness in telling Catherine de Bourgh about the non-engagement.
Overall I don't think the book ruined any of the legacy of Pride and Prejudice by any means. I liked reading about the continuation of the lives of the Darcys and the Bingleys, that was the best part. Near the end, I did feel that the narrative focused much more on Darcy than Elizabeth which is a bit of a change from the original. The tiny little clues and side story threads that were planted did get a satisfying payoff in the end. And I totally didn't guess at the actual solution....more
At our book club, someone mentioned it was like 50 First Dates, but a lot creepier. And that's basically true, the premise is used as a good device toAt our book club, someone mentioned it was like 50 First Dates, but a lot creepier. And that's basically true, the premise is used as a good device to keep things suspenseful. The "Don't trust Ben" bit was basically what carried me through the middle section of the book, but it was also written in a way that I kept wanting to see what happened next. I did guess the ending but not too early on, but I did have my suspicions. Actually, reading this ending and having the Little Bee ending so close in my mind does not work in its favour. It just seems like a common literary trope. Overall, though, it kept me reading and I enjoyed it. ...more