Book Talk – December Edition

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I know you’re all waiting with bated breath on my review for this book that I started reading, oh, two weeks ago. I have not finished, and to tell the truth, I’m only 16% through it. My attention has been derailed by less challenging reads, the holidays, work, my mental health, new meds. Life in general. Part I is purely backstory. For a novel that’s (presumably) as deep as this one, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I may have to shelve this one until after the holidays when I can wrap my teeth around it a bit. It promises to be a full meal. but we shall see.

I’ve also started re-reading the Anita Blake series by Laurel K. Hamilton. Either the first few years of single parenting numbed my mind, or I have forgotten that I don’t particularly like her earlier writing style. The style of writing drives me absolutely bonkers, is incredibly stilted, and interrupts my enjoyment of the plot. Also, early 90’s cheese factor, especially with the heroine’s wardrobe.  Good GOD, were acid washed jeans still really that much in style in the mid nineties? Apparently I have blocked that part of my twenties out, or I had fully embraced grunge/baby doll by then.  I think she wrote these in the 80’s and didn’t start publishing them until the mid 90’s. Evidence below…

I’m going to read them ALL, because I’m anxious to see when the author realized that “dirty sex with multiple vampires and were-beasts” would sell better than “petite vampire slayer saves the day despite poor life choices and almost dying ten times while vanquishing an unkillable foe.” The reader is reminded so many times how tiny Anita is, and how big or small everyone else is compared to her. Apparently there are a lot of men in St. Louis who are over 6’4″. Who knew? We are given in depth descriptions of her wardrobe (WHY??), that don’t further the plot at all.  I don’t know this for sure, but I am guessing the later books with all the sexing got popular, and then the earlier books got popular as a result. The first books of the series really needed a stronger editor.

Excerpt from Circus of the Damned:

I pulled the Browning and put my back to the door. A man stepped around the corner from the dining room area. He was tall, thin, with black hair cut short in front, long in back, the latest style.

Oh, really? This book was published in 1995, long after mullets were the “latest style”. I’m pretty sure skater cuts or long, greasy hair a la Kurt Cobain were all the rage at that time.

And the choppy sentences:

I locked the door behind us. They waited politely out in the hall for me. The lamia took the tall black man’s arm. She smiled.

Dear God, that could have been fewer sentences with better flow, and that is one of the least offensive passages. Some parts of her books are paragraph after paragraph of this shit. In addition to the short. declarative. sentences. there are plot holes and inconsistencies that aren’t terrible, but bugged me nonetheless. I’m not calling this a hate read, but I will classify it as a don’t dislike enough to stop reading, but will still complain about it on the internet.

Who am I to criticize a best-selling author? I’m almost certain my blog posts are riddled with errors that make grammarians cringe. If you like it, read it. However, let’s not fool ourselves that just because a book reaches the NYT best seller list that it is A+ writing. Fifty Shades, anyone?

Other things I’ve started that I cannot seem to finish include The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey, which I’m liking, and The Dark Messiah by Michael Anderle. I think I may need to read The Kurtherian Gambit series that precedes this one to fully enjoy it, but there are twenty books and counting(?). I already have 26 books to get through before I get involved with another series.

What are you reading?

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