Sunday, April 29, 2012

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Graphic Novel by Seth Grahame-Smith

Rating: 1/5

I'm now convinced that someone involved with this comic absolutely hated the original Austen novel. Lizzie's personality is essential to Pride & Prejudice and they slaughtered it. In addition, both the dialogue and the artwork was lazily done, and as a consequence, confusing, even for someone familiar with the original story. Which is a shame, because I might have found it quite amusing if it had been done properly, with respect and more effort. Disappointing.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Pride & Prejudice (Marvel Comics) by Nancy Butler

Rating 4/5

Well that was delightful, not unlike the original novel. I'm glad they kept so much of the original dialogue intact, rather than changing to contemporary language. It would not be Austen without her particular witty banter. The format and length of the graphic novel takes something away from the experience & emotional involvement, but other than making it 3 times as long, I can't see how it could've been done any better :)

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Lover Reborn (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #10) by J.R. Ward

Rating: 3/5

I seem to be having trouble with how to rate or review this book. I finished it a couple days ago and thought I'd wait, think about it, and see if I came up with anything. Not really. So, I'll just write my jumbled thoughts about it. Firstly, I will risk repeating myself by saying that I find J.R. Ward's slang terms annoying, specifically: "what's doing?", "natch", and "sitch". I also would like to categorically state that knowing a couple dozen fancy sounding words like "herein" and "mayhap" does not a Victorian dialect make (or whatever era she was going for). As a big fan of classic English literature, I can assure you throwing a few of these words in to a contemporarily-structured sentence just irks the heck out of me and distracts me from the story.

Speaking of the story, I'm thankful that there was a lot more going on than the Tohr/No'One thing, because that was probably the most ridiculous romance to date in this series. The only thing that saved it for me was that Tohr was pretty close to the mark when he ripped her to shreds for her martyr complex. However, nearly everybody in these books has some kind of martyr complex and blames themselves for everything bad that happens. This band of warriors collectively have almost no self-esteem, and it's getting old. Then there's females like No'One and Layla. Can we get a personality please? I realize not every female character can be the same, because that would be boring, but the weak ones are so weak they are unbelievable and put me off rather than creating empathy/sympathy. I thought Marissa was bad, but those two take the cake.

I know the author has this formula, and it's been successful so why would she change it? That's what saddens me about these books. You know exactly how it's going to go, and not just with the romances. You know she's not going to kill off Wrath, but how much more exciting would the series get if she did? It would shake everything up completely and give it a fresh new place to go. Rabid fans will hate me for saying that, because all they want is more of the same, but it's starting to get stale for me, like she's running out of viable ideas.

All that said, I still read this book in a matter of days, so I will concede it was very readable. I liked the sub-plots and was glad there was a lot of them. I hope something major happens with them in the next book, otherwise I might have to put this series aside.

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