The Book Report: Charm School by Nelson DeMille
( I can't get the Witching Hour Collection to show up at BookLikes, so link below! )
WRECKING FAERIE, 1st in the Charm School novella series, is available now for .99 cents via the WITCHING HOUR COLLECTION. That price and the boxed set of ten novels goes Poof when the clock strikes 2016.
BODY CHASE: The Fall of Fairer Than, 3rd in the series and where Bunny’s cousin Honey Baker switches Fairer Than into Dean’s body, Dean into Fairer Than’s, Fairer Than into Bunny’s body—is still 1.99, the pre-order price, but will go up JAN 2nd. So do grab it now! http://amzn.to/1QhOmfK
I've been busy being sick, among other holiday celebrations! So I'm way behind on catching up here at BookLikes. I can't remember if I said HOT RODDIN' TO HELL, the 2nd in the Charm School series, was available, but at least I'm letting you know that BODY CHASE is. ;)
I also have one Charm School short story live plus three of FAERIE TALES FOR SAPPHIC GIRLS, which is a series consisting (so far), of LADY FROST, THE GIRL WHO SET FORTH TO LEARN FEAR, and FAIR & RAVEN HAIR. I guess I'll promote those, later. (turns into a statue).
Please enjoy if you take advantage of the sales!
I would read so much more in this series. I don't usually buy novellas, but I would buy a whole run of these.
I absolutely love this world, and if anything, these prose novellas prove just how much I'm still in love with, and in awe of, the world that Watasin has created. It feels as slyly subversive and cheeky as it did when I first picked it up, cheerfully skewering so many comics that have come before, comics like Betty and Veronica, or even Sabrina, which were at heart full of wholesomeness. (Arguably, Sabrina is more overtly controversial with the 'witch' aspect, even if Sabrina, and her predecessor, Bunny, are good witches.) Except that Betty and Veronica would never consider cozying up to each other, and Bunny would definitely consider cozying up to her girlfriend, Dean.
And thus Watasin cheerfully turns such standards on their head, and does it with a humor and warmth that charmed me from the start. It continues to do so in this new form. Not only does Watasin stay true to the origins of these characters, she makes the jump from visual media to that or pure words seamlessly. It goes off without a hitch.
Well, actually one hitch. I really wanted to give this five stars flat and would have except the beginning of chapter three. You get the three, an empty page, and then it starts of smack in the middle of a sentence:
"poem or a song of a long ago time."
Location 494 for those with Kindles. And I know it's not anything that important based on context. I didn't lose any meaning as far as the overall story. But I want to know what that said. It annoyed me enough to put this down for a couple seconds, and then I plowed through. And it was worth it. The long awaited - has it really been nearly fifteen years? - last comic? It's here. It's not in the format I expected, but it's here, and it is glorious.
It's the best ending I could have hoped for. (I know there's another novella coming up, but this is the best ending for the comic series/this story that I could have hoped for.)
Loved it. Highly suggested, even with that one hitch.
This is so good. So very, very good.
If anything, it's better than the first: the setup has all been set up, and it dives right into the love triangle. Fairer Than is being a little more gentle(wo)manly about her courtship of Bunny, too.
I'm reminded, too, that this is my favorite world from this author. Then again, nothing else will have this nostalgia factor. I'm not sure anything can really live up to that.
I know there's at least one more novella in this series. Maybe, hopefully, more. I understand that there might not be, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't hoping for more. (Just in case there's confusion: no demands on the author. But if we want more of something, it's my belief that letting your voice be heard - via purchasing the book and actually stating what you like and want more of - is pretty integral to the chance of getting more.)
It's probably not the only LGTB friendly creepy-cute story out there, but it's the one that I consider my fandom LGTB friendly creepy-cute story. I can't even tell you all how much I love this.
Also, I'll probably refer to my first review, with a 'I'm not going over this again' note, but, yeah, this series still means a lot to me. Somehow, the prose novels are accentuating that in my mind. Love, love, love!
With HOT RODDIN', Charm School doesn't end forever. Fairer Than's story needs telling (and is with the editor right now!). But for those who had been so patient (and managed to stay alive) for the past 16 yrs while I finish the storyline to THIS:
Here you go, HOT RODDIN' TO HELL. It contains some of my most beloved scenes with Bunny, Dean, and Fairer Than. I hope you enjoy it. :)