Saturday, August 25, 2007

Undead & Uneasy and Sleeping with the Fishes

I'm a fan of MaryJanice Davidson. The woman has snark down to a fine art. So I recently picked up the above titles.
I love the Undead series. Good characters. I think Betsy is a little self-centered, but she's growing on me. Character interaction is good. There are always a few surprises in store for the reader. But here are my problems: Two characters die. (My lips are sealed). It's sudden, and it's over in about a page. I don't have a problem with her offing people. I just think it was really way too brief. That page was over...and so was the characters' storyline. Kaput. *shrug* I also didn't think the storyline was all that great. It was okay, but it was basically a story of Betsy. Not so much with the other characters. And they are SUCH rich comedic fodder. Just seems a shame. However...I really enjoyed a part at the end when all hell breaks loose.
Go. Figure.

Sleeping with the Fishes was forgettable. And you don't know how much it pains me to admit that. Fred, the main mer-character, is a bitch. And that's fine. I have NO problem with that. But she's annoying. The two characters vying for her attention are forgettable. My favorite characters were subcharacters. Her metrosexual best friend and then her boss. THEY were great. I would have read a story about them with HER as the subcharacter. I also thought her mother's name was rather cute: Moon Bim. *grins* A hippie of sorts.
I don't remember any other character's name. And that's a shame. Though I won't lie, I have a hard time remembering some of my own characters' names. But all in all, this book was a large disappointment.
No character arc. Fred became uncomfortable with all the male attention, but she didn't seem to change her fins, so to speak. And the mega problem that brought all these people together was solved in about a paragraph or so. *sigh* Major anti-climax.

So I'm crossing my fingers and hoping that MaryJanice puts a little more something into her next literary fares.
Looking forward to: Dark Possession by Christine Feehan and Lover Unbound by J. R. Ward.


Tori Lennox said...

Why don't you tell us how you REALLY feel? *g*

Lyvvie said...

Wow, you just come out with the gloves off! I love you, you can hit me anytime.