neyronrose (neyronrose) wrote,

another recent read

Disclaimer: I was given this one for free, so keep that in mind.  I hope my take on it doesn't come off as ungrateful at all, as I did like the story.  Which novel?  Somebody Killed His Editor.  This was billed as a romantic comedy.  I didn't really find it laugh-out-loud funny, though there were some amusing moments.  Adrien English gets better lines in his series.  Heck, Jake Riordan has gotten better lines -- he's come up with some memorable ones.  I'd say that's the author making some of his other work hard to top.  Not necessarily a bad thing.  This new series is a mystery series, too.  There's quite a sense of the characters being menaced, as they're isolated, with one of them a killer.  I didn't figure out who the murderer was, but I almost never do.  The narrator, Kit, starts out being sympathetic enough, but is revealed to be more and more of a jerk as the story goes along.  He doesn't quite cross the "moral event horizon" (as TV Tropes puts it), but he came pretty darned close to it, as far as I was concerned.  I rather liked the long-suffering J.X. Moriarity.  The way Kit tells it, J.X. is all in the wrong, but you can tell that Kit is completely unreliable about that.

There are some pretty funny observations and takes on the writing industry.  **spoilers**  The "paranormal demon Regency" bit made me smile, partly because that's the kind of thing I'd probably read.  The satirical look at the authors and the plots of their books was well done, and really very entertaining.  So it turns out to be more of a mystery-satire than a romantic comedy.  The narrator is clearly unreliable, which makes it fun to figure out what's closer to the truth than his view of it.  He's nothing like as lovable as some of the heroes in Lanyon's other books, which I think was somewhat deliberate.  It's all right to have a hero with plenty of faults, if he manages to redeem himself sufficiently.  I count being bitchy as more of a good point than a flaw, and Kit can be fairly bitchy.  The story ended up being quite different from what I thought it would be, but it was well done and very readable.  I'd definitely keep up with the series -- I want to see a lot more of J.X. Moriarity, and him really working together with Kit.

For me, an example of a lovable hero of Lanyon's is Perry Foster in The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks.  Perry was just adorable.  Sweet-tempered but stubborn, bright and determined, he was a great little hero.  I don't know if I said anything about that book at the time I read it, but that was a good one.  Mystery in a spooky old house, understated romance, creepy other tenants.  That was just what it said it was -- mystery with some romance.  His Partners in Crime stories do pretty well as equal parts mystery and romance.  "Snowball in Hell" was very nicely balanced that way -- I've repeatedly praised that novella for the characters and the romance.  "Cards on the Table" was a good mystery/romance mix, and I enjoyed it.  I liked Finn in "Lovers and Other Strangers."  He'd had a bad time of it, but he wasn't self-pitying.  He needed time to recuperate, but managed to stay very busy investigating anyway.  I didn't guess who the villain was in any of those, but as I said, I don't usually.  Plus I'm probably concentrating more on the romance in any case.       
Tags: m/m, reading, romance

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