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It's all about the love... in fast-forward!
I finished Black Trillium by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Julian May, and Andre Norton this morning.

How to explain how this book went for me... Okay, it's like you're eating something, like, I don't know, jelly beans, and you keep popping them in your mouth. Pop pop pop. And you're really not noticing the taste, you're just semi aware that your teeth are crunching on something? Yeah, kinda like that.

I didn't hate the book. But for the most part, I was really uninvolved. That is to say, 80% of the time I didn't care what was happening... and 90% of THAT I couldn't tell you what happened because I went into a 'reading trance' where I didn't recollect what I read five seconds later.

But the parts of the book that DID interest me were done... okay. It wasn't a marvel. It wasn't even really all that good. *Beat* Actually, to the point, I'd say this book was kept on being read by yours truly because I like the idea of the book.

I liked the idea of three princesses going out on their own and kicking some ass. I loved the idea of one of the princesses getting it on with the opposite side prince that wasn't really evil, but was on the wrong side, so oh noes! And I LOVED the idea of one of the princesses having a romantic quandary with a bad guy.

But man, these were just not given the proper attention they deserved. The princesses kicking ass was more of them learning to camp and wield a magical trinket that did all the work for them. And the romances...

Gods, the romances were so undercooked, I think I may have salmonella.

I could've lived with the prince instantly falling in love with the princess for plot. Mainly because that princess wasn't in the same place emotionally and so I thought they'd have time to grow there... but nope, fifteen pages later, she kisses him! Twenty pages later, she's going to marry that guy! Ummm... Huh?

The other romance is actually what I bought the two sequels by Julian May for. May decided to take that more in depth, and since it was my favorite storyline, I couldn't resist possible closure!

Don't fail me, Julian!

Current Mood: apathetic unimpressed

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delfina From: delfina Date: April 5th, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have such an issue with many, many books like that. I absolutely adored the idea, but the actual book itself? Well. All I can think about is how I could've written it better. Course, I'm also lazy and do not write, so. But I keep reading them in the hope that it'll get better. And it doesn't. Le sigh.

I don't think I read the sequels, let me know how those turned out. Or it's been so long that I've forgotten, wasn't one of them called the Golden Trillium or something?
ifritah From: ifritah Date: April 5th, 2007 08:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Golden Trillium, yup! ... I think. That sounds right, anyway.

Actually, there were four sequel books, but I did some research and found that each author went in a different direction with them. I mentioned where May was going with her two, Bradley decided to fast-forward to the next generation, and Norton hyper-focused on the least interesting plot that started in the first book (the middle sister's role with the Folk).

So, yeah, I'm just sticking with May. ^^;;
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