Nov. 17th, 2009

bobcatmoran: (al/toaster)
I ended up devouring The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan in only two sittings — it would've been just one sitting, but the first was my lunch break and although I'm a fast reader, I'm not that fast. Gooood book. Urban fantasy is a hit-or-miss genre for me — I think it has something to do with my suspension of disbelief having a harder time with magic in a modern real-world setting than magic in Once Upon A Time In A Kingdom Far, Far Away. However, this one sucked me in after I reconciled myself to the fact that the main character has some serious socialization issues (which are eventually justified, big time). For reasons I can't quite pin down, the book as a whole reminds me a bit of Diana Wynne Jones' writing — which is a good thing.

There's a small part of me, though, that wonders if my "Yay, good book!" reaction isn't being colored by the fact that the book I finished just prior to that was Twilight. I don't think I've ever seen a book series that's more polarizing, and I finally decided to see what all the fuss was about.

In the end, I didn't find it to be the complete travesty against the English language that some people seem to think it is — several of the minor characters were compelling, and the setting felt real enough to me. On the other hand, I couldn't connect with either of the two leads or their relationship, which is a problem since that excludes like, 90% of the book.

Also, Bella really should get that inner ear imbalance checked out. Falling over that often can't possibly be healthy. And someone should tell her that her sparkly vampire boyfriend is a creepy stalker. As an example, here is a condensed version of a scene from the book:

EDWARD and BELLA: [have a relatively normal, if riddled with sexual tension, conversation until...]
EDWARD: You talk in your sleep, you know.
BELLA: No I don't. Wait, what?
EDWARD: I've been breaking into your room to watch you sleep for the last couple of weeks. The whole non-sleeping-vampire thing means I have a lot of spare time on my hands and I couldn't think of anything else to do.
BELLA: I feel strangely violated. What do I say while I'm asleep?
EDWARD: My name, mostly.
BELLA: Oh, this must be further proof of my deep, passionate love for you, my sparkly vampire boyfriend!
ME: No, that's proof that you should get a restraining order.

Yeah. That's not a healthy relationship there.

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