Apparently, I’m falling behind on my blogging schedule. What can I say? Things have been busy around here! I’ve been so distracted I actually didn’t realize how many books I’ve read, so it’s time for another update.
Death Comes to Pemberly, by P. D. James
Death Comes to Pemberly, by P.D. James, is a mystery fanfic about Darcy and Elizabeth, seven years into their marriage, written by P.D. James. I like the concept, and I’m always up for anyone’s interpretation of the marriage of two of literatures most famous lovers. I thought James did a great job in capturing Jane Austen’s rather prim tone of the time and you can see how the story smoothly flows from Pride and Prejudice.
However. Maybe the prim and proper tone of the time wasn’t ideal in creating an exciting murder mystery? I love the effort but for me it was slow and I wasn’t super involved with the narrative. Also, I (SPOILER ALERT) wish that Wickham had done it. Don’t make him into a loveable scoundrel, I want him to be thoroughly wicked. Maybe that’s just me.
Also, can me a perv but I had hoped the book would be more voyeuristic into Darcy and Elizabeth’s actual marriage. They barely spent any time together! I don’t care if that’s in fact accurate, give me something a little bit more. So there you go.
Finale, by Becca Fitzpatrick
This is the finale (I wonder where she got the name) to a four-part young adult series about fallen angels. It was one of those books I felt I had to read because I read all the rest, but for the most part it made me a little angry. It’s just so easy to be dismissive of these books. It’s all about a high school girl who meets a mysterious guy with super powers who is massively hot and they fall deeply and eternally in love with each other (sound familiar?). At least they made the main girl hot – I hate it when the girl is plain and ordinary and hot guys are obsessed with her (sound familiar?). I think it sets most teenagers up for disappointment. Anyway, also at least the main girl was somewhat of a badass … she became the leader of a Nephilim army. The climax was rather anti-climactic, in that I can’t actually remember it, other than one of the main character dies. That’s how little I was invested in this. If you’re interested, though, or under the age of 16, check out the first book Hush, Hush – I think it was probably the most interesting of these.
The Virgin Suicides, by Jeffrey Eugenides
Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Virgen Suicides is beautifully written, a little harrowing, but overall a lovely lyrical book. My favourite part about it is it is written in first person plural, narrated by a group of anonymous teenage boys obsessed with the Lisbon girls. The book for the most part is very sad – not the epic tragedy of a quintuple suicide, but more the boys’ sadness as they look back at the tragedy 20 years later, still thinking about the girls but remembering for the most part their ordinariness. It seems to be talking about decay – of our memories, our lives, as well as the “American Empire.” Beautiful, but not exactly uplifting.
419, by Will Ferguson
419 is by some homegrown talent, Will Ferguson of Calgary! Props to him, awesome he wrote such a successful book. It’s set in Calgary and Nigeria, and also props to him to making the narrative work through such different locales. The plotline revolves around the email scams that come out of the African nation and the radiating effects these scams can have across the globe, lives lost and all that.
I did think the book was rather slow, and I grew impatient trying to figure out how the different plotlines would all come together. There were some unresolved plotlines, in fact, that still bother me. For the most part, it made me angry how everyone ended up worse in the end. When it comes to scams like this, nobody wins. And there are some horrific deaths to characters that you like that also bothered me. I was surprised at how bleak the ending was, but I also feel I know more about internet scams now. Turn on those filters! And if any diplomat from Africa contacts you, just quietly delete them.
Word of the day:
Senescence: growing old; aging; (of a cell) no longer capable of dividing but still alive and metabolically active