August 29th, 2012

MCR - Frank Iero's Bookworm Tattoo

Books #26-28

26. Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Adapted by Tony Lee, Illustrated by Cliff Richards, 176 pages, Graphic Novel, Paperback, 2010.

Jane Austen’s tale of the 5 Bennet sisters was re-imagined by Seth Grahame-Smith into a tale of romance amidst the zombie invasion – now in graphic novel format. I am pleased that the illustrations were more true to the Regency era that the original story was set in than the novel illustrations were.

27. Nora Roberts writing as J.D. Robb, Naked In Death, 294 pages, Thriller, Hardback, 1995 (In Death, Book 1).

In the New York City of 2058, Eve Dallas, detective, investigates a high-profile murder of a registered companion (prostitute) who is the granddaughter of a prominent senator. The murderer promises more in a video of the event, leading to a series of murders of companions. Eve attempts to solve the case before the promised 6 victims is reached, while also dealing with attraction to one of the suspects. I hadn’t realized it was a murder mystery in a future city, and the details of what makes this future so different are beautifully handled. And since it is written by a prominent romance novelist, there is definitely more sex than there would be in the standard crime novel.

28. Nora Roberts writing as J.D. Robb, Glory In Death, 293 pages, Thriller, Hardback, 1995 (In Death, Book 2).

Lieutenant Eve Dallas is solving another serial murder case, this time focusing on powerful, high-profile women. This first was a well-respected Prosecuting Attorney; the second a well-known actress. Eve must follow her leads, no matter how inconvenient it may be to those she cares about. Now that she has a personal life, and more notoriety between her rich boyfriend and her success in the last serial murder case she solved, the media is focused on her and every step, every misstep, of her investigation. The end was riveting; must get the next book in the series!

#19-20 Jasper Fforde & Philippa Gregory

Jasper Fforde "First Among Sequels" 3/5

Another book in the Thursday Next series. I am sorry to say, I have found it rather bland. Not bad, but not exciting either. Although the idea of a reality show based on "Pride and Prejudice" was rather funny. In a sad way, because I am quite ready to believe that such a thing is possible on the modern TV.

Philippa Gregory "The Kingmaker's Daughter" 3/5

I am a big fan of Philippa Gregory, and I was very excited when she decided to move from the Tudors to the Plantagenets. Her latest book, however, was somewhat disappointing. I know, that Elisabeth Woodville is her favourite, and that is absolutely apparent. Anne Neville - the narrator and the main protagonist remains a bit of a cardboard. I could not get a feel for her likes and dislikes, passions and hobbies, anything really, beyond her love to her son and sister and her desire to become the queen.

Also, this is a historical novel, and the atmosphere is very important. So, when Richard compares his brothers to (and I quote) "Cain, who sold his birthright for a mess of pottage"... I am not overly versed in the Bible stories, but even I know, that Cain killed his brother Abel, and that it was, in fact, Esau, who sold his birthright. I am sure, that in the Middle Ages, even a peasant would know all this stories, not to mention a very well educated royal Duke.

Sure, it is a minor detail, but it spoiled the book somewhat.

I will probably read the next book anyway. It is supposed to be about the princess Elisabeth (the one who went on to marry Henry VII), and therefore might be better.
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 I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore. 374 pages
Possibly it's because I saw the film first, but this book has joined the very thin ranks of books which have been made into films and which I don't like as much as the film version.
Having said that though, I don't mean to say that the book is actually bad, just that some stories work better in a visual medium and this seems to be one of them.  One of the things I do dislike about it is that it's written in the present tense, a stylistic choice I don't care for. some authors can write present tense well enough that I forget about it after a while, but this one isn't among them.
Other than that, the writing is decent enough and the story is interesting if a tad implausible - nine children, the last survivors of an alien race and their guardians have come secretly to Earth to hide from the other aliens who destroyed their planet until they grow into their superpowers and can  fight back. And by some quasi-mystical charm they can only be killed in a particular order - as the book's title suggests the narrator is fourth in line…
Basically, a decent enough book, but the action sequences, especially the denouement worked much better on film.