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Blood Work by Kim Harrison
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Dec 07, 2012

did not like it
bookshelves: graphic-novels-comic-books
Recommended for: um, people who like Witchblade or the Harris-True Blood books...

Had this series recommended to me, so I tried the GN to start with. I like the... idea. Paranormal detective stuff, Dresden-esque. Somehow the story missed on all accounts. The dialogue was painful, it was basically a series of dramatic one-liners by very flat characters. At first, very quick glance, the main characters appear to be strong, female leads. Not at all true. Ivy just acted superior and hyper-sexed and Rachel appeared to me like a wanna-be-Buffy. Both were incredibly defensive and trying to prove themselves (of what, I don't know since both characters appeared pretty one-dimensional). The illustrations didn't help them come across as anything but sexy/slutty drama queens. The male characters weren't any better. Buff and brainless, they either fawned over the female characters or reprimanded them while really letting them get away with anything.

I can only hypothesize that some of the dialogue was trying to sound like stereo-typical detective/buddy cop show and then add the paranormal piece to that? I don't know. But jokes fell flat just like the story and there wasn't a single character who didn't annoy me. Rachel was the only possible redeemable one, but at least in the GN she did not come across well.

Needless to say, I'm not really motivated to read any of the books.
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