the author writes about life just before the beginning of the AIDS epidemic before people thought of casual sex as deadly. i know the history but for some reason it didn't strike me so much until reading this series. maybe because it's set in chicago, in the neighborhoods where i spend the most time. but anyway these stories are mostly fun, sexy mysteries with a serious back drop.
did i already say this? i loved reading a book set in chicago that never once mentions downtown or, god forbid, navy pier. in fact, they are set back when navy pier was just an old pier and not a tourist circus.
Solid detective novels that happen to be gay. Not pseudo porn romance novel. Interesting relationships that seem real and evolve over the books. Love this series, can't wait for more!
Narrator did a great job. There's guns and women in suits and some kickboxing, so that's fun.
The character of Blair was super annoying, always whining about how guilty she feels then putting people in harms way.
book 14 and i'm not sick of this series yet. that's saying a lot. the subjects are serious but there are funny interludes. the character development is strong, i like how their essence remains the same but they still grow. as usual there are multiple sub plots that may or may not intersect which keeps me curious. finally i like how there are rarely any pure good or bad guys in these books. even the main characters who are mainly good also have their negative qualities. the bad guys are occasionally sympathetic. life is complex in these books, and interesting.
these books are exactly why i started listening to f/f then for lack of material m/m romance novels. i like reading gay characters, but for the most part that forces me to read either super serious novels or godawful cheesy romance plot lines. it's not the smut i mind in those, that's the only good part usually. i'm on a tangent. the point is, these novels are nice. they are funny, friendly, creative, well written and suspenseful. the characters develop over time and are interesting and don't require smut to make the book readable. in fact, there isn't any. and i still like it.incidentally, i get a kick out of what culinary snobs jane and cordelia are.
cordelia. she is hilarious, i love her diva ways.
i'm on book 12 or something already and still going strong. for the first half hour i really didn't like the narration, there was something too sing-songy about it. but now i really like her. as the narrator who has read all the books she knows the characters and imbues them with some really amusing subtle intonations that fit the writing.
i actually really enjoyed the narrator. i'm not sure why there are so many comments about how bad people thought the narration was, it is pretty different from the first one but not bad at all. i like that the voices aren't overdone and that he can have a bit of an ironic tone which makes me like the jack reacher character more.
all the badasses, because they're badasses. i mean, why else read a book like this.
ok, so, book 2 and there is a pattern. lee child writes about women that are kind of strong, but always end up weeping on some guy's shoulder or need reacher to bail them out. they reach a glass ceiling of badassery. my irritation at this fact is mildly distracting from the story.
this is randomly specific, but the narration reminds me a lot of marshall eriksen from how i met your mother. totally nuts, right? i guess they both have this dumb jock intonation sometimes that makes me chuckle.
glen or tyler, because they'd be buying.
this book is basically about what you'd do if you had a bazillion dollars. you'd want to have a secret lair, and an island, and a professional hockey team, and like nine banks, and you'd have a sweet wardrobe, a limo driver and enjoy making homophobes and all other idiots look dumb.
it was nice and long but didn't feel that way, fun plot that felt real even though it was historical and supernatural. characters were really endearing.
i keep wishing for books that have both men and women in them, i find the single focus of m/m or f/f on one gender kind of boring, as if we don't have other people around us. smart, sarcastic, gun-toting christine was a fun addition - she doesn't tolerate moping and angst which as a reader i also hate.
the production value on the narration is not great. it took me a while to get used to the narrator who at first i thought would never have an inflection. but after 20 minutes i found his reading really peaceful and fitting for the main character. now i hope he narrates the next book.
the writing made me laugh out loud many times. the humor is sarcastic, juvenile and understated, just my type. the writing is really good, the characters are well developed and feel real, like people i know. the relationship between the main characters has a natural development, not "i love you" after two days which is both psycho and a really common plot. most of the book is not about building tension between two people but about what it's like to be in a relationship, which to me is more interesting. it's not pseudo-porn, it's actually about real (imaginary) gay people, and that was really refreshing.
sadly, the scenes about what it's like to be in a relationship with a closeted partner. been there, done that, and it's pretty accurate.
a lot of people commented on the narration, and i thought i would be in pain for hours (but the book was cheap, so i bought it anyway). i think they are being a bit dramatic. sure, an australian accent would have been cool, but this narrator did fine. it didn't detract from the book for me.
true, as others have said, it is not a scholarly work. what the author does is question the definitions we use for mental illness and how those definitions function in society. he does not come to any simple conclusions, or any conclusions really, but it does not feel unfinished. the issues he raises just aren't easily answered. to approach this (huge) topic in a more formal way could have been boring and a bit tedious. this on the other hand was a funny and interesting journey.
i really enjoyed the narration, jon ronson's timing and emphasis made the story really entertaining.
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