I’ve read four more books of meh since we last spoke about reading books. I started a series I felt lukewarm about but continued to read because I hate to leave a series unfinished, even when I’m not having fun. Crazy, I know. Well. I just finished the 5th book in the 8 or 9 or 10 book series and I am so angry the heat rolling off my body in waves could melt the pasty skin off a vampire. I’m so angry I may not finish the series. This is news, folks.
I just need to vent. This will only take a second.
Detailed Synopsis: Book-5 Hero is presented as a promiscuous bisexual vampire in the previous 4 books. (Not a word. I’m embarrassed enough for both of us.) In book 4, it becomes clear that he is very much attracted to, perhaps even in love with, his male roommate. Everyone is tolerant and understanding of this infatuation (including the roommate, who is also confused) and we, the readers, know in book 5 everything will resolve itself and that Book-5 Hero will most likely end up with someone other than the roommate. He does. He ends up falling in love with a butch female over the course of three days. The “straightening up” of the character was exceptionally annoying, but the author was vague enough in the previous four books to make it difficult to state unequivocally that the character was, and should remain, gay. Fine. I don’t like it, but I’ll concede the argument. What really made me angry about wasting several days to read five books is that the author then kills the female who “cured” Book-5 of his sexual proclivities.
No, I’m not upset she died. I’m upset she then comes back as a ghost and they live happily every after. Having vampire-ghost sex.
Brief Synopsis: A possibly gay vampire falls in love with a painfully stereotyped butch human female who is then killed at the hands of his enemies. It was a really busy weekend. She of the Magically Ambiguous Hooha comes back as a ghost, and they give new meaning to ectoplasmic residue.
I have no more words on the subject.
On the plus side, I am eager to return to the land of worthwhile reading! Have you checked out the PIBC pinterest page? It’s fantastic, and we’ve been having some good discussions over there. The contributors have been hard at work pinning possible book picks for the summer but, given the past week, I can’t be trusted to make a good selection. If you are up for it–there are a lot of books over there–I would love for you to check out the selections and see if there are three you would like to read/discuss.
I can’t wait to hear your picks!