Shift by Rachel Vincent
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I’m left with little to say that won’t be a spoiler other than, “Dangit, why can’t more authors work in some polyamory instead of using the same old jealousy-based plots?” Because I do NOT find that entertaining or interesting at ALL! Continue reading “Book Review: Shift by Rachel Vincent”
Rogue by Rachel Vincent
rating: 2 of 5 stars
I am officially annoyed. I want some kind of law, or at least an industry standard, that requires publishers to label any novel that doesn’t tie up all its little plot threads in ONE volume. This is one that would definitely have that label, as we’re left waiting Important Things on the very last page. Blech.
It takes a lot of talent to write good poetry, to compress meaning into those few, perfect words. Writing short stories is, again, something that requires skill, talent, and discipline. Novels give the author more leeway, and the best, in my opinion, are those that are pared down to the essentials. More and more, I see the serial novel as the mark of a very undisciplined writer. I like series, certainlyâ€”as long as each volume can stand on its own merits, enjoyable without having to read several other books. Ms. Vincent is nowhere near that level of professionalism.
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Thanks to an LJ friend, I spent a whole lot of the last few days reading The Law Dog Files. The man really does need to put together a book of his stories, or maybe a few books, because he is hilarious. I don’t entirely agree with his politics, but I don’t entirely disagree, either. His stories are more than worth bypassing a few things that might otherwise annoy me. I highly recommend perusing the archives any time you’re in need of a laugh.
Thanks to Law Dog, I’ve also been reading a bit at The Cornered Cat, which is an eminently practical site about guns, written by a woman and including far more information about dealing with feminine clothing and concealed carry than I’ve ever found before. I’ll be spending more time over there.
I read Night Life by Caitlin Kittredge, and am hoping that the library will come through with a copy of Pure Blood soon.
Since I don’t have Pure Blood here right now, I went on to Rachel Vincent’s Stray, and went on to Rogue. It’s nice to read about werecats instead of werewolves for a change. I am occasionally annoyed by the main character making the same mistakes over and over again, but I haven’t felt it necessary to toss the books across the house, so it’s bearable. So far.