This book gave me the heebie jeebies. II usually prefer a bit of comedy or a bit of lightness with my gruesome murders, but the story sucked me in. Ki...moreThis book gave me the heebie jeebies. II usually prefer a bit of comedy or a bit of lightness with my gruesome murders, but the story sucked me in. Kind of annoyed me that there were sooo many unanswered questions. I know it's a continuing series but I felt like there was not enough payoff for my reading investment. And yet, I have to read the next one because what is up with this town??(less)
“What do you think of Sirantha Jax representing your interests on Ithiss-Tor?” “Well, it’s a bit of a joke, isn’t it?” “In what way?” “What kind of training has she had?” the girl demands. “They may as well have sent me. I saw her for years, showing her tits on the midnight bounce. Table dancing, amateur soft-porn vids, drunk-and-disorderly conduct, barroom brawls . . . how does any of that qualify her to be an ambassador? It’s damn near the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.”
Yeah that's the thing, random girl interviewed in an annoying style-changing news report add-on. It is a dumb idea. It is also a dumb idea to go to a planet filled with aliens who want to kill you as an ambassador without any sort of security team or way to escape or a support team who actually know stuff about politics or the economy or anything. Also, not enough of the side characters and no one is any fun at all at any part of this boring story. I hope the next book is subtitled How Sirantha Got Her Groove Back cos she is lame-o right now, and I think she even knows it.(less)
I read this two days ago and already I can't really remember what the point of it was as it just swung from one plot point to another without a cohesi...moreI read this two days ago and already I can't really remember what the point of it was as it just swung from one plot point to another without a cohesive story holding it together. As in, by the end of the book, the characters ended up where I thought they would be by about chapter 3- the whole thing was about going off course, but it didn't seem to have any depth or meaning except that Jax figured out what she reasonably would have needed to know in order to do her job (which she doesn't even really get to START). The whole book is basically sub-plot and yet... I still think Aguirre is a solid writer. I enjoy her world building and characters.(less)
I guess magic cat mystery is not the genre for me. The characters are not well fleshed out, one might even say personality-less (I have no idea how ol...moreI guess magic cat mystery is not the genre for me. The characters are not well fleshed out, one might even say personality-less (I have no idea how old anyone is- they could be 17 or 70). Maybe that happened in books 1-3 and they are supposed to be like old friends you talk about nothing with. Most of the novel is dialogue, and boring irrelevant dialogue about nothing. But why really bothered me was the main character's constant conversations with her cats. They steal your food, we get it. Not interesting once, not interesting twice a chapter.(less)
It's sort of like if remake Starbuck met up with the crew of Serenity and they went on a trip to a galaxy far, far away. So that maybe gave it an extr...moreIt's sort of like if remake Starbuck met up with the crew of Serenity and they went on a trip to a galaxy far, far away. So that maybe gave it an extra half or whole star. The first two-thirds was awesome but then the pacing and plotting kinda fell apart a little. Great sexual tension but then (view spoiler)[ insta-ovathatop-love. When there's going to be six books in a series, there's a whole lot of range for building a complex and meaningful relationship, without "you've been in my head, you get me, I now love you forever and ever". (hide spoiler)] Similarly, the plot's conflict wraps up all of a sudden in an awkward manner that should have been explored over several instalments. (view spoiler)[ It's like if Serenitythe movie was the third episode of the tv show, or Captain Adama figured out who all the cylons were in episode 1. Beating the bad guys who run the galaxy is the whole point so it just happening all of a sudden in a really easy manner is very anticlimactic. Like, really, no one else had ever thought to make a video about something they did wrong? That can really topple an all-powerful corporation? (hide spoiler)]. Damn now I'm talking myself out of 4 stars! It was an enjoyable read though, and I love a female character who drinks, swears, sleeps around and punches dudes in the face.(less)
I have read so many paranormal series that aren't half as good as this one, yet are twenty times as popular, and was wondering just HOW this series remained self-published, when I read on Facebook (having found that I had to "like" Halle in the few days since I discovered her, you know, for obsession's sake) that her Artist's trilogy has been picked up by a major publisher.
I am so not surprised. I think she is fantastic, and I think she's gonna go places. I think a TV series based on this series would be a bajillion times better than True Blood (I mean, that's not hard considering it sucks now, but it started off well). I think I might try to make it happen with my mind, Dr Sheldon Cooper style.
I'm not usually one for a (view spoiler)[demon possession (hide spoiler)] tale, but I just LOVE Perry's voice and the psychological transformation/ torture Halle puts her through.