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The Archer by Abigail Roux
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Jun 08, 11

bookshelves: consigned-to-hell, bromance, action, ebook
Read from June 03 to 08, 2011

Wow. I can't believe I actually finished it. I'm trying to articulate how painful it was to read but I'm not sure I can find the words. It started out okay, but that was the first 200 or so pages. Then the numerous flaws that I had been excusing up until then in exchange for just assuming it was a 'light hearted gay-sex romp about spies' as opposed to a 'taut spy thriller with gay protagonists', became too much to bear. By the end I'd passed through rage and settled for laughing at the ridiculousness of it all, just to prevent myself from hurling my ebook device across the room in disgust.

I wanted to like it; I really did. I gave it every chance. It had a very few small bright moments - where the action was engaging or when the characters quirks were entertaining, but overall narrative development seemed slapped together at best and nonsensical at worst. I could write a dissertation to support this opinion but suffice it to say that when, late in the book, one of the characters asks another "Are you the Archer?" and then asks, on receiving confirmation: "Then why the hell don’t you ever know what’s going on?" it is a moment of beautiful irony. That pretty much sums up the book's most fundamental flaws. No-one knew what was going on, ever, least of all the characters, least of all the author, and ultimately, least of all me.
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Reading Progress

06/06/2011 page 393
68.0%
06/07/2011 page 455
79.0% "Omg this book! I just need to rant for a second because seriously? I mean, seriously? Another character is suddenly revealed to know who the Archer is and the knowledge in no way affected his previous actions? And if they're all such brilliant spies why is all this coming as a surprise now? This is the most frustrating story ever. I have no idea why I'm still reading it."
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