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The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King
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Aug 08, 2010

bookshelves: too-bad-to-fnish

I'm annoyed that I wasted an entire day listening to this book.

I'm currently several chapters in, at the point where she's in college and has just escaped from being caught disguising herself as an Indian. At this point, I've decided to quit and not throw away any more time on this nauseating piece of work.

The main flaw: the MAIN character. She's a Mary Sue, plain and simple - she's annoyingly 'perfect' and oh, so very talented in SO many areas. One reviewer described her as self-congratulatory - and that's quite true. She's self-congratulatory to the point of being annoying and downright unlikable.

At first, I thought it was just me - that I had an erroneous perception about the character. But I've realized since then that I'm not alone in this outlook. When I cannot like the main protagonist of a story, it spells doom for the entire book. That's when it's time to stop.

So goodbye, Mary Russell - wish I'd never known you.

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