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review 2016-12-17 16:45
Not my particular poison
Beyond Shame - Kit Rocha

Picked this up because I saw it on a list of completed romance series -- you know, don't get stuck hanging for a year because Moning can't help but end everything on a cliffhanger -- and the list included a couple series...es that I liked. (Brothers Sinister by Courtney Milan and The Guardians by Meljean Brook, specifically.) This is sold as post-apocalyptic, set in a post-solar storm America. There's a religiously oppressive city with all the money and power, and a ring of sectors beyond with various governments or lack thereof. So far so good. 

 

I kind of can't believe I'm saying this, because I like sex writing as much the next sex-positive feminist, but there was way too much pointless sex for my tastes. I want to be clear I'm not saying "I'm not a prude, but", a phrase that is an exact indicator that the speaker is a massive fucking prude. None of the sex depicted was beyond my comfort level or anything. I mean, sure why not have a ruthless gang of bootleggers have a company orgy every Wednesday; seems legit. But I didn't feel like much of it was in the service of, like, plot or character development, so it ended up often feeling mechanical. 

 

There was a sort of trajectory, sexually speaking, for the leading lady. She is ejected from the confines of her shitty, repressive city life for being sexually precocious, and then learns a little something about menage, BDSM, and blowjobs, and maybe, just maybe, something about herself. This trajectory was undercut a little by having her jump immediately into public sex and blowjobs after maybe sixteen seconds of thinking, oh no, my repressive upbringing, I couldn't possibly. So, it's not so much a trajectory as a backstory we are only told about, and a present course of complete sexual openness. That's not a story; that's a situation. 

 

One of the reasons I like PNR is that it so very often deals credibly with body trauma, people moving from grief and brokenness to wholeness. Because there was no real emotional trajectory for anyone (and I do not credit hero dude struggling with these completely new feelings of tenderness and possessiveness, what are these things I'm feeling?) nothing that happened, no matter how theoretically sexy, had much juice to it. It was stuff that was happening. Except for the tattooing sequence; that was hot, rarrr. 

 

I guess what I'm saying is that I want this book to buy me dinner before we skip to the fucking. I didn't realize I was that old fashioned.

 

Anyway, if you like kinda light BDSM and lots of group sex, you could find a lot worse. Nobody is slut-shaming or becoming a massive alphole. I mean, even when the main pair get together, they still fuck around with other people instead of reverting immediately to middle class American monogamy. So that's good! But I'd prefer a little more apocalypse in my post-apocalit. Alas. 

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review 2015-07-09 05:51
The Titan's Curse: The Graphic Novel
Titan's Curse: The Graphic Novel - Rick Riordan,Gregory Guilhaumond,Attila Futaki,Robert Venditti

I know I should just give up on reading these but... they're so short, I can't help it. Plus, it was literally laying around in my house and within reach of me on the couch.

So I think that maybe the art, overall, is marginally better in this one than The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel or The Sea of Monsters: The Graphic Novel, but still pretty atrocious. This time around it was horrible because the faces were so inconsistent. At one point, Percy looks like a 30-year old man. And Thalia was all over the place. At times, she looked super masculine and I actually thought she was a dude, though I couldn't figure out who. I swear she had a goatee. In another panel, the goatee was gone and she looked like a girl. Mainly Percy and Thalia throughout the book changed faces and appearances like 10 times. It was absurd. And no, I double-checked to make sure I wasn't mixing them up with each other or a different character. The thing is that when Futaki is not drawing faces, his art is not half-bad. Unfortunately, there is a cast of characters in this series.

The story is fine (though The Titan's Curse has always been my least favorite of the PJATO series) and continues to be well condensed and transformed to fit a short graphic novel. But yikes, the art.

**Did I miss the part in the book where Percy gets a ride from his mom, like it says happens in the description????

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review 2014-05-26 05:50
Jane
Jane - April Lindner

I guess my biggest issue with this was twofold. We'll start with the character of Nico Rathburn aka Edward Rochester.

He's a douche. And immoral. And incredibly unlikable. And I'm not sorry because any guy who has a box of condoms in every room doesn't get my sympathy or respect or any more of my time than absolutely necessary. That about sums it up.

And then there was Jane Moore aka Jane Eyre.

My beef with her is how she's written, because some of her actions

Having sex/living with Edward for half of the book*

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were SO UNLIKE HER. It may sound odd, but her character was out of character. Jane Eyre would never have stooped so low, and it was very disheartening to watch Jane Moore do so.

 

Other than that, it kept pretty close to the book, especially with events that occur. I was really quite pleased with how aspects of Nico and Bibi's story was written, especially why Nico felt guilty and responsible for Bibi

and her schizophrenia. When he and her were together, he was doing drugs and she joined in and that's what kick-started her schizophrenia.

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However, St. John's proposal and reasoning is frelling absurd. I never really cared for him much in the original, and I had fairly high hopes at first for him and his storyline in this, but then I got to the proposal scene and just LAUGHED.

I can't say I cared much for this retelling and, to be honest, after having read Catherine, I don't know that I'll be checking out any of Linder's future retellings.

 

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It's almost like if you write a modern retelling of a classic, you HAVE to throw in sex, because now it's modern. WHY???

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review 2014-05-24 08:00
The Captive Maiden
The Captive Maiden - Melanie Dickerson


QUOTE GAME!!!!

"So she already knew he thought she was beautiful. He didn't need to tell her that again, did he? What other compliments were there? She was beautiful. What else could he say?"




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review 2014-04-11 02:55
Just Like Fate
Just Like Fate - Cat Patrick,Suzanne Young

I guess the issue here was that I hated the "Stay" half of the book and couldn't care less about the "Go" half. So for the "Stay" half, while I appreciated that fact that Caroline resented some of her worst choices,

*cough cough* Hooking up with the asshole Joel. I did like that that particular event was played like it was a bad thing. She regretted it, she regretted being around him (though for the love of God, Caroline, why the hell didn't you dump his ass earlier?) and it does partially show how something like that can, essentially, ruin you in one ways than one. But ARRRGH he deserved so much worse than he got. The way their relationship ended really bugged me. It was basically a complete brush-off, like there was nothing there to even talk about.

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 she bothered me so much that even when she wasn't acting like a hormonal idiot, I still didn't like her. But it wasn't even a proactive hate, it was more of an



I didn't like her but I couldn't even be bothered to hate her. Ugh. Waste of time and trees and my life.

As for the "Go" half, while I know that it did end up well for her and

former womanizer Chris,

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I didn't care about them and their relationship at all. And since there is essentially no plot outside of Caroline's relationships to people and the only one I actually enjoyed reading about was the relationship between her and Debbie, her step-mom, which we got practically nothing about, it didn't matter to me that they ended up together and she "made the right choice".

Not even mentioning that this was basically Pivot Point but crappier and without the plot twist. Or much of a plot.

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