May 28, 08
Neil Gaiman fans
Read in May, 2008
I picked up this book after seeing a bit of praise from Neil Gaiman about the author.
The story focuses on Kalix, an addict, a teenager, and an outcast, hunted member of werewolf royalty. First and foremost, Kalix is a teenager. She's emo; she cuts (although this is not a major theme in the book, it does occur for those wishing to avoid anything triggery). She whines and complains.
She also can't read or write particularly well, wishes Joan Jett was her mother, and thinks Sabrina, the Teenaged Witch is the best show on television.
Despite the depressing and pained life Kalix leads, the book isn't a self-indulgent wallow in teenage angst. It's much more of an amusing, ironic romp through teenage angst with side helpings of bargains with the Queen of the Hiyasta, the downside of college romance, high fashion, rock and roll, and a werewolf civil war. If you can't imagine it happening, it happens in this book. Yet, somehow, reality just sits happily on the side and everything makes perfect sense.
While the book does not have the same point perfect prose as Gaiman, Millar has his own style that lends itself well to this story. Similar to Gaiman, I wasn't able to plow through the book in under an hour. The writing and the chapters lend itself well to multiple sittings over a few days. And honestly, it's worth taking the time to actually digest the book (unlike most of my travel reading).