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review 2018-09-27 01:40
Pretty but problematic
Cinder - Marissa Meyer

I'm divided on this one.


I liked the writing. I liked the stab at representation and consent issues. New takes of old tales are always an interest to me, and the sci-fi slant is just more win.


I could not get over Earland. On his own, he undermines most of the good bits about body-autonomy, consent and chauvinistics screenings. There's this bit where the doc passes on testing the virus/cure combo on a male cyborg ostensibly because he's too old (and in his mind, ostensibly because he has a son), but then gets all gung-ho on testing the teen girl, and a female colleague implies it is because he's a chauvinistic ass. But hey, no! That woman was obviously wrong and overreacting! (oversensitive feminists!) He just knew that the immune one he was looking for would be a cyborg teen girl. He's not racist or anything. It is just a pity that the easiest way to find her was to implement a draft on a group with little body autonomy and they... well... die. The princess (and a cure... that too) must be found! He's just working with the system! Honest! (I kept thinking of The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks, and also the Nuremberg Trials, ain't he a peach?)


The other bit that I did not like was the very end.


Cinder is overwhelmed by all the revelations and pretty much giving up, even as Earland gives her the tools to escape and a path forward (Oh yeah, and on that note, this speech is not skeevy at all

But finding you and being able to reinstate you as queen are two very different goals. I have planned this moment for a long time. I can help you.”
Cinder gawked at him as panic gripped her lungs. “Reinstate me as queen?”
The doctor cleared his throat. “I understand you are frightened right now, and confused. Do not think too much. All I’m asking is that you find a way out of this prison. I know you can do that. Then come to Africa. I will guide you through the rest. Please. We cannot let Levana win.”

) she can't even contemplate it till she thinks about her prince *eye-roll*. Yeah, the whole cheese is a bit much, but getting out of dodge? How about not needing a love interest to get the drive to stay alive? (sorry, but Bella consumed any quota of patience for that devise that I ever possessed)

(spoiler show)


And I knew it was a series, but I still hate books that do not resolve the main plot. I like series with myth arcs and more or less self contained volumes. I can count the amount of books I "forgave" cliff-hangers or series' hooks with one hand, so a final demotion, though this one smaller and more personal.


Hell, likely all the cons I wrote there are personal anyway. It likely is the perfect book for many people, and I might still read the rest. I'm just not in as much of a rush as I felt I'd be at the start.


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text 2018-09-27 00:29
Reading progress update: I've read 377 out of 387 pages.
Cinder - Marissa Meyer

*long sigh*


This will end in a TBC, wont it? Well... that's kinda the last cherry. I liked it, but prepare for a long rant.


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text 2018-09-26 21:26
Reading progress update: I've read 233 out of 387 pages.
Cinder - Marissa Meyer

“You did use your mind control on me. When we met. You…you brainwashed me. Just like the queen. You made me trust you.”
“Be fair. You were attacking me with a wrench.”


Oh, yeah, lets play the "fair game": Who injected an unwilling test subject with a deadly virus now? A wrench to the head seems like the correct response to me.


I hope this book is not aiming for endearing absent-minded old man for Earland, because he keeps hitting "ends-justify-the-means" mad-doctor with me and I utterly despise him.


I mean, the guy was playing "let's inject all the cyborg teen girls" as a way to find the one that was the princess when she survived. That's...

(spoiler show)


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text 2018-09-23 10:27
Reading progress update: I've read 75 out of 387 pages.
Cinder - Marissa Meyer

Wow. Ok, this is turning a lot better than expected and is dealing with a lot of issues like body modifications, medical consent (and consent in general, really) and, just for the opening pages salvo, problems with unfit prosthetics (representation for the win!)


I'm at the mind-rape bit, and I'm taking a bit of a break because I've spent the last 30 or so pages in a rage.


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review 2018-07-01 08:54
The Prince and the Dressmaker - Jen Wang

And no, I'm not being facetious, I loved this thing.


I loved the expressive faces (specially Frances' on-going bemused into blank ones), the colorful tone, the hilarious hijinks and of course, the over all theme of acceptance.


To all that, I add three awesome scenes: the devil's wench, Juliana meeting Crystallia, and the King's outfit. I hooted and laughed so much I almost fell from my chair.


If I got a lump in my throat from the deep love of every type involved in all of it, well...

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