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review 2017-05-05 09:18
The more I though, the more I raged
Casino Royale - Ian Fleming

I have so many issues with this. The rampant misogyny, of course. The fact that, personally, I find the whole espionage reason d'etre detestable. And generally, the part where this was not the story I was expecting.

Let's say I waive away the misogyny with a bit of dark amusement (passing the middle-point, I just wanted Vesper to stick it to Bond; and then there is the line "sweet tang of rape" that should be killed with fire, you can get some great examples under the spoiler tag), and take the spy tale on the hope that it'll be some fast action cheap-thrill. I did not get even that. I got a lot of card-playing, torture, and then a mess... I don't even know of what category, certainly not romantic, maybe melodrama. Hell,  I though it was already cheap that a woman couldn't be competent unless she was evil, but it was something (see, even lowering my standards to not be an angry female, what a waste), and then Vesper couldn't even rate to Femme-fatal. So no, there is no way to waive the misogyny. It's entrenched into the plot.

Someone could argue it's truer to the real world and the era, either the unexciting grimness or Bond's stance. I say fuck all that. Let us please have no more Vespers in real life, no more Bonds being glorified in fiction. Let us find other icons.

 

You can find some the shout-inducing bits here

Women were for recreation. On a job, they got in the way and fogged things up with sex and hurt feelings and all the emotional baggage they carried around. One had to look out for them and take care of them.

 

Charming, huh? Another beauty:

 

And luck in all its moods had to be loved and not feared. Bond saw luck as a woman, to be softly wooed or brutally ravaged, never pandered to or pursued. But he was honest enough to admit that he had never yet been made to suffer by cards or by women.  One day, and he accepted the fact he would be brought to his knees by love or by luck. When that happened he knew that he too would be branded with the deadly question-mark he recognized so often in others, the promise to pay before you have lost: the acceptance of fallibility.

 

Women, if they defeat you, take away you self-assurance.

 

This was just what he had been afraid of. These blithering women who thought they could do a man's work. Why the hell couldn't they stay at home and mind their pots and pans and stick to their frocks and gossip and leave men's work to the men. And now for this to happen to him, just when the job had come off so beautifully. For Vesper to fall for an old trick like that and get herself snatched and probably held to ransom like some bloody heroine in a strip cartoon. The silly bitch.

 

He really likes that word.

 

'Torture is a terrible thing,' he was saying as he puffed at a fresh cigarette, 'but it is a simple matter for the torturer, particularly when the patient,' he smiled at the word, 'is a man. You see, my dear Bond, with a man it is quite unnecessary to indulge in refinements. With this simple instrument, or with almost any other object, one can cause a man as much pain as is possible or necessary. Do not believe what you read in novels or books about the war. There is nothing worse. It is not only the immediate agony, but also the thought that your manhood is being gradually destroyed and that at the end, if you will not yield, you will no longer be a man.

 

The bad guy has more respect for a woman that the "hero". Women are more difficult, not because of some chivalrous bullshit, but because men are so attached to their organ *eye-roll*. And for the WTF crown:

 

And now he knew that she was profoundly, excitingly sensual, but that the conquest of her body, because of the central privacy in her, would each time have the sweet tang of rape.

 

It's supposed to be romantic. But then, this is just the inner character commentary, you have to still contend with the plot if you can go past that. Fuck this, I'm done.

(spoiler show)

 

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review 2017-03-15 15:40
Bah!
A Painted Goddess (A Fire Beneath the Skin Book 3) - Victor Gischler

No, no, nope. This one didn't do for me. It wasn't bad perse, I guess, but no. I was bored, and I was annoyed, and while I liked some elements, and kinda expected the ending... still no.
 
I think mostly it is that this volume, and the previous one, exacerbated a vague sense I had in the first install of lack of substance. I can't quite explain it, that feeling, but it was as if the story check-marked. Also, vol 2 and 3 was too scattered. It was necessary for the plot, and that's the thing: it felt forced (mcguffing retrieval, all of them, and amazingly serendipitous, which aligns with the "fate" thing the plot has going, but still sucks). The empress pov, while interesting, was totally pointless.

 

So, yeah, so not for me.

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review 2016-02-18 11:30
Now what?
Feverborn: A Fever Novel - Karen Marie Moning

What. The. Fuck.

 

After two mostly passive, build up books, and we get hanged up there?

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review 2014-09-13 23:16
Well, so it ends...
The Witch with No Name - Kim Harrison

... and I'm about to rain on everyone's parade, so I'll start with the big caveat: I LIKED IT. I had fun, and read it till my eyes felt like jerky, took a shower and got back to reading till I finished.

 

That said, it DID NOT come to the standards set in previous books. Lots of repetitions, flanderization of the whole cast, and the parts that were supposed to be the sweetest mostly felt sappy and uninvolved. I actually paused a quarter in convinced someone had slipped me a fanfcition wrapped as the real thing (it has happened, I never felt so stupid).

 

I LIKED the ideas, even if it felt like there were too many threads, and most just got a wave and got fixed, or got dropped in limbo.

 

What happened with Landon?? Or Cormell for that matter. Did any cameo serve a purpose beyond Rachel's mum? Presto, new Ever-After, and Al is all smiles and all is good. Ellesbeth was just a poor misunderstood thing.

(spoiler show)

 

And I LIKED many bit and pieces all around

The church being bombed, and Rachel paralleling it to their trio, wondering if this is how their three years end. Newt as the new Goddess. Mark serving coffee to demons.

(spoiler show)

 

I'll leave the epilogue alone because I'm simply not a fan of them when they are flung decades later.

 

Annndd done. Didn't want it to end, will surely re-read the whole saga soon, sorry about the juices running short Kim and very sorry to say good-by to the Hollows.

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review 2014-07-17 11:16
Done! And good riddance!
Lord of Chaos - Robert Jordan

After coming five sixths of the way, I had to at least finish the mammoth of a door-stopper.

 

That's it for this. Moving onto anything not WoT.

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