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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-07-28 07:31
Midnight Crossroad — A Buddy Read on Booklikes and Preparation for the new Series on NBC
Midnight Crossroad - Charlaine Harris

 

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when I think about this book?

 

S.L.O.W.

 

It moved with glacial speed and the supernatural events were too far and few to make up for it.

 

The pacing wouldn’t have mattered, if the book didn’t also have the following problems:

 

The fact that one of the characters is a vampire is just sprung upon us and not in a good way.

 

Anybody who lives in the town of Midnight knows not to ask questions. To me, it seemed like a good way of not having to make up character backstories until absolutely needed.

 

I didn’t relate to or like any of the characters from the story either, with the exception of the cat who could talk. It caught my attention for a second and then lost it when its voice was described as snide (or was it nasal?).

 

The writing style didn’t do anything for me. An example from the book:

As she washed her hands, she thought of having corn bread with the soup tonight. As she was drying them, she told herself how much better the soup would be without the corn bread, and failed to convince herself that could be so.

 

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Why Did I Read the Book Then?

 

All these complaints bring me to why I read this book in the first place. I wasn’t a fan of the Sookie series written by the same author either. While the show, True Blood, might have held my interest for a season or two, I didn’t follow it religiously either. What made me pick up this book was this trailer and the fact that there was a buddy read going on over at Booklikes.  I wanted to be a part of both. However, if you are expecting the book and show to be alike, they aren’t at least as far as the pacing is concerned.

 

I might try the next book in the series.

 

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Then again, I might not!

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review 2017-07-26 01:56
Midnight Crossroad
Midnight Crossroad (A Novel of Midnight, Texas) - Charlaine Harris

Midnight, Texas is a small town the attracts the paranormal, the unusual, and those that have something to hide. Every resident has at least one secret. The inhabitants are both open-minded and understand the need for secrets.
While I was interested from page 1, this is a slower paced book. It was at times a bit too descriptive. It's similar to the Sookie books in that regard. What made it interesting (and not boring for me), was the switching narratives. Bobo, Fiji, and Manfred were the 3 main characters. I liked the mystery. The residents do take care of their own. 
By the end of the book, I mostly knew who was a supernatural and who was completely "normal." And I have suspicions for the rest.
I loved Mr Snuggly!

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review 2017-07-25 18:09
Midnight Crossroad
Midnight Crossroad (A Novel of Midnight, Texas) - Charlaine Harris

This was ok. I liked it well enough, but I didn't love it.

 

It's been awhile since I've read a Charlaine Harris book (I never finished the Southern Vampires/Sookie Stackhouse books), and I'd forgotten how sometimes her writing gets bogged down in describing--in detail--the minutiae of everyday life. 

 

The book overall is very slow paced. I'm not sure if it's due to it being the first book in the series and the author needs time to set up the world and introduce the characters, or if that's just the way these books are. Things happen, but it takes awhile to really get going.

 

I was assuming the story would be told from Manfred's POV, but it wasn't. Instead, it had multiple POV's, and I actually quite liked that.

 

I also liked the characters and the world enough to want to continue on with the series. I just hope the pace picks up some...

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text 2017-07-25 07:55
Reading progress update: I've read 384 out of 384 pages.
Midnight Crossroad (A Novel of Midnight, Texas) - Charlaine Harris

Review to come tomorrow...*looks at clock*...or later today.

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text 2017-07-25 02:32
Reading progress update: I've read 248 out of 384 pages.
Midnight Crossroad (A Novel of Midnight, Texas) - Charlaine Harris

Through chapter 26 now, and while it's picked up some, it's still pretty slow paced.

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