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review 2014-01-05 05:49
One Thousand and One Nights by Ruth Browne
One Thousand and One Nights - Ruth Browne

I'm not even sure where to start with this. I requested this book for review because I loved the idea of a Scheherazade retelling. Sometime between when I requested it and when I opened the file on my Kindle tonight, I forgot it was in a post-apocalyptic setting with zombies because I was very confused at first. My own fault though, and quickly rectified when I glanced at the blurb again.


I'm going to start with the biggest problem for me: Aleksy's been keeping Sheri CHAINED in his bedroom, by the throat, for nearly FOUR months! One time, in the book, she's chained so tightly that she can only squat near the wall - no rest for her legs, knees, back, ankles, feet - and anytime her head droops with sleepiness, the collar chokes her. And she's attracted to this guy?


I kind of get the caution - she's been bitten, and the bite's still healing, maybe she's going to turn and then she's a danger to everyone. But she's not mindless yet, obviously, because she's telling you stories. Why the ever-living-heck do you have to treat her like garbage? Water but no food, chained day and night, punished for the most minor things.


But Sheri keeps coming back. That's right, she gets let out of the compound to go look for more stories. Granted, she does have her sister there, but honestly she gave up hope of the people ever trusting her, and she hardly ever got to see her sister - she was kept secluded from her. So what's the effing point??


Like the stories Scheherazade told, there are tales within tales in this book. We jump back in the timeline more than a few times to learn more about Sheri and Aleksy and how they came to be the people they are at the point of the true story. Unfortunately this usually just irritated me and I ended up skimming. Also, I got irritated when I had to keep reading the stories that she was telling Aleksy. I wouldn't have minded small bits, but there were pages and pages of them - I've read Sinbad, I've read the Brothers Grimm tales, I don't need to read them again.


And this is completely nit-picky, but I seriously can't stand it when people include guns in their novels and they either don't know how they work or don't know how to describe it properly. There was one point where Sheri's shotgun made a "click-click" noise - I'm not sure why - and had a leather holster - most shotgun holsters aren't leather. Then there's the time when she takes the same shotgun, after they're in zombie territory, and loads it - pumping it to eject the empty shell. Why wasn't it loaded in the first place? And pump action shotguns don't make a clicking noise, that's too tame a word for it. Like I said, nitpicky.


There was a point, at about 45% into the book, that I was starting to get into it. I was invested in Sheri's life and how things were resolved for her. I was ignoring the things that bothered me, and hoping the resolution to Aleksy keeping her caged would be redeemed. Then I hit the end and it all went to hell. After a quick sex scene we're treated to her giving an ultimatum - I leave or you let me live without the chain - and no answer from Aleksy but him thinking she'd already stolen his heart.


Give me a freaking break.

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text 2014-01-05 05:22
One Thousand and One Nights - Ruth Browne

Are you fucking kidding me? That's how you end it?


*throws up hands in disgust*

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text 2014-01-05 04:57
One Thousand and One Nights - Ruth Browne

Bolted to the wall-bracket by a chain so short she could neither sit, kneel, nor stand, Sheri hunched on her heels, thighs burning from the strain ... All she wanted to do was rest, but whenever her head began to droop, the collar choked the breath from her.


I know they're scared of her, but seriously? Fuck you.

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text 2014-01-05 04:43
One Thousand and One Nights - Ruth Browne

Sheri shrugged, swiped the shotgun harness from his hand, and slipped into it. She drew the gun and loaded it, her hands ruthlessly efficient on the pump-handle as she ejected a used shell and inserted a fresh one.


Um. I don't think you understand how shotguns work... =/


And if I'm in the middle of the zombie apocalypse, no way in hell am I walking around with a shotgun that ISN'T loaded!!!


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text 2014-01-05 04:31
One Thousand and One Nights - Ruth Browne

"How did you survive, on your own for five years with a little sister to take care of?"


"We managed," she said curtly.


"Sure, but how?"


"I might have told you four months ago, if you'd asked instead of throwing me in a cage."


"What'd you expect?" he spat. "We found you living in that cabin in the mountains, and you asked us to take you in."


"We were doing fine. I only asked for Dani's sake. She was lonely."


"And you weren't? You can't expect me to believe that."


"You know what's worse than being alone? Being chained to a wall like a dog." A flash of white as she bared her teeth at him...



Now that's a hell of a lot better than lusting over his body!!

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