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Books that make you go 'next!'
I finished Single White Vampire by Lynsay Sands last night.

I was so very happy when it was finished! Oh man, was that book DULL. The sex scenes were okay, but nothing to write home about, the plot was... eh, and the main characters... were very eh themselves.

Note to authors, IMHO: Just telling me about a character doesn't make me KNOW a character. You have to show me a character. There's a BIG difference.

So, there was this guy named Luc. And he's a vampire writer. Who is just ZOMG LOVED by all his fans. And there's Kate. His editor. Who, naturally, is half in love with him before ever meeting him because 'Gee, his personality came out so much with his words'.

Umm, yeah, I'm not saying that my personality is completely covered when I write? But I write like I RP. I'm not me. I'm someone else. Usually several someone else's all at once. We might have things in common, but that's 95% of the time coincidence.

Anyway, the book left me with the same expression the entire way through. As I can't describe it for its full justice, I'll just give you the closest emoticon: ._.

Also, the end dramatic moment of the woman having to decide if she wants to give up her life or her love? Gods, I HATE that. HATE HATE HATE. Why is it always the chick that has to make the choice of giving things/people up for her supposed OTP? I'm not saying that I'd be any more happy, necessarily, if it were a guy in the same position, since I hate that plot device? But the fact that it's always the woman is definitely grating on me.

On the plus side, at least the author let the girl save the guy in a life or death situation. It helped make me not entirely hate her writing.

Final conclusion: Won't read another Sands book, but I don't plan on blacklisting her.

Current Mood: bored bored

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ninjadebugger From: ninjadebugger Date: March 30th, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
ifritah From: ifritah Date: March 30th, 2007 06:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh dear...

Dare I ask...
ninjadebugger From: ninjadebugger Date: March 30th, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
White Night and For a Few Demons More are out in a couple weeks! XD
ifritah From: ifritah Date: March 30th, 2007 07:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Too true! I'm being VERY good and not buying White Night when it first comes in, since I'd be violating the Birthday Rules. *Whimpers* I don't want to wait til the end of April to read it!

I really need to read the first book in Kim Harrison's series! I have the first three of them on my 'to read' bookshelf!

... It is a very full 'to read' bookshelf.
ninjadebugger From: ninjadebugger Date: March 30th, 2007 07:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Skip Kim Harrison to the front, she's like LKH with all the pretentious suck and "erotica" removed.
ifritah From: ifritah Date: April 3rd, 2007 03:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
So, there's no sex scenes... or just not the horrifying 'erotica' that LKH seems to think she's so good at?

Anyway, I'll try to get to it somewhat soonish. As I've said before, I've started the first book a few different times and stopped because I kept falling asleep. Maybe she just needs some time to rear up or something. *Shrug*
ninjadebugger From: ninjadebugger Date: April 3rd, 2007 03:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
There's sex, but as far as I can remember, it's off-camera. You see people waking up afterwards, or going off to it, but no time wasted on sex, really. It just sorta happens. The opening of the first book is sorta slow, which is unfortunate, but is supposed to actively hammer into you just how boring her life is up to that point. It doesn't last all that long, only until the end of that case.
ifritah From: ifritah Date: April 3rd, 2007 07:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, on the plus side, that means I can take Kim to work with me...

On the negative side... no sex in a supernatural horror series? ... Bleh.
ninjadebugger From: ninjadebugger Date: April 3rd, 2007 07:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sex in fiction is overrated. Besides, there's hijinx, especially as she learns how to avoid accidentally arousing her vampire roomie. I prefer good comedy to smut ANY day of the week.
ifritah From: ifritah Date: April 3rd, 2007 07:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Obviously I disagree with sex being overrated in fiction.

What I will agree with you on is that good writing (and yes, particularly humor-filled) can make me not care as much about sex being present. Harry Dresden is a good example of that.

Personally, I like a splash of both in my coffee. Some sex, some comedy, some good 'ol writing. Mmmm, yummy. Naturally, some authors take the sex too far (*cough* LKH *cough*), but when an author can do it right, I love them forever and ever.
ninjadebugger From: ninjadebugger Date: April 3rd, 2007 08:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm much happier with FTB/FF. When I want smut, I'll read some smut, thank you very much. The actual mechanics of what's going on are not particularly interesting to me, except as a matter of academic interest.
ifritah From: ifritah Date: April 3rd, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
... FTB/FF? Sorry, mind helping me out? ^^;;

Now, understand that I don't need smut in every book I read. Hell, I'd have nothing to read at work if that was the case!

I think in Ms. Harrison's case, the problem was expectation. I could have sworn I'd heard that she had smut in her books. Now, where I got that from? Couldn't tell you, as it's been too long. So, mentally, I put her into a category. And now I have to take her out of said category... and it's just weird to me at the moment.

Personally, I've written novels with sex and novels without. And for those that put authors in 'sex' or 'no sex' categories, I'm sure I'll confuse them too. ^_^_v
ninjadebugger From: ninjadebugger Date: April 3rd, 2007 08:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fade To Black/Fast Forward.

And I'm not sure where you got the smut thing, either. Of course, all I've read of Harrison's is the Hollows books, so.
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