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Lucan by Susan Kearney
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Oct 06, 2009

did not like it
bookshelves: first-reads
Read in October, 2009

** spoiler alert ** When I took this book out of the cardboard envelope, I was just dazzled, not only by the great new book feel, but also by the hunky cover and the rainbow-shiny lettering. I'd never read any "sexy futuristics" before, but I've read plenty of romance novels in my day, and since I'm a confirmed fan of science-fiction, I was looking forward to reading this. Especially since it also blends in a nice dose of Arthurian legend. What could go wrong?

Within the first few chapters, it became clear that characterization is not the author's strong suit. This story was reading like some of the fanfic I've edited, but that's not necessarily a bad thing, as fanfic can be an exciting, action-packed genre. And the first sex scenes were certainly VERY sexy, so I was still pretty upbeat about this book.

But then the lapses in logic began. Cael can't transform if chained, and her clothes rip off when she does, but she constantly wears a ceremonial necklace with a "loose clasp"? Lucan spent three years studying to be a Pendragon linguist, but doesn't know anything about the local religion? And the way the characters sometimes behaved was so tacky and dumb that I found it hard to root for them. They kept having sex a/o being sexy at the most inappropriate times! Sexily feeding each other in the ruins of her sister's house, with her brother-in-law unconscious in the next room and her sister possibly kidnapped? Outright doing it while the military bears down on you, and the guy who's been helping you is trapped in another part of the structure?

And I gave up on the sex scenes in the one where he literally turns into a human vibrator. Later, they become full-fledged dragon furries, but that was to be expected. I think I just prefer reading about sex between people, but to each her own.

So I guess this book is readable, but I won't be picking up any more of the series. It would have made much better science-fiction if Ms Kearney's editor had pointed out the lapses in logic and asked for minor re-writes. As a romance novel, I didn't particularly feel for any of the characters (Cael, in particular, reading like a saintlier, stupider, shape-changing version of Daenerys Targaryen of George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series.) And the sex scenes were steamy, but kinda grossed me out.

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Reading Progress

10/08/2009 page 145
44.62% "My fiance puts it well: Dragon furries in space."
10/09/2009 page 170
52.31% "OMG, you guys: Dragon furries AND human vibrators IN SPACE!!!"

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