neyronrose (neyronrose) wrote,
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reading paperbacks for a change

I finished reading James Buchanan's Personal Demons.  I'm into stories about the occult, and I like learning about Afro-Caribbean religions.  This book was very cool that way.  I've seen a couple of reviewers complain about all the information, but I liked that there was a lot of good plot besides the guys' relationship.  Parts were spooky, but (*spoilers*) I expected the Orishas would ride some of the people at the big ceremony -- that's what happens in that kind of ceremony.  I'd probably lend it out if I knew the person would be very good about returning it, but it's one of those books I'll read a few times, because there was a lot in it.  Of course I judged the line editing.  I've been on a personal quest lately about sentences which start with participles.  Basically, I've been saying, "'Big no' to that."  The other editors told me I could pretty much let them go unless they really were dangling participles.  I've also had the urge to rewrite sentences which begin with absolute phrases.  In this book, I don't think anyone who isn't either an editor or proofreader who has a grudge against participles would even notice.  It's not a problem to figure out what nouns go with those verbs.  I just told myself to concentrate on the story, and got really into it.

Given all that happened to Nicky in Cheating Chance, and the hints about what he'll go through in the third book, I was bracing myself to see if the protagonists in Personal Demons would end up being tortured or shot or something at the end.  But Chase really had plenty of stuff going on with him all through the book.  I had sent an e-mail to Alex Beecroft after I read False Colors, and (*spoilers*) commented on how much she tortured the poor characters in there.  She said they had seemed to need it.  Well, the authors I like make protagonists I care about.  I'd say be nicer to Nicky, because I'll be upset if he goes through physical or mental torture, but that really just shows how much I love the character.  I realize that if he stayed out of trouble, it would cut way down on possible plot and suspense.  After Inland Empire, Brandon has a lot of redeeming himself he needs to do.  Lots and lots.  It's not that I want him to be killed off, or even physically tortured, but he really needs something to make him adjust his attitude.  Once again I am highly opinionated about the books, but they're all keepers.
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    I went to bed relatively early, and woke quite early, too. I have a viruaual appoimtment in the early afternoon.

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