Reviews for September. Late, but not as late as the last lot!! I don’t seem to have had a brilliant month in any category.
Nothing pleased me. I watched:
Heartbreak Ridge – with Clint Eastwood as an unlikely army sergeant. **
Kill Bill Two – I missed the beginning and was mystified throughout. I expect it didn’t help that I hadn’t seen the first Kill Bill film. **
Black Lake (ep 1) – I don’t find Scandinavian noir appealing (though I love their police shows) so I didn’t watch any more episodes. **
Nothing gained five stars this month though there was quite a lot of solid and pleasurable reading in the four star list.
The Montana series by RJ Scott ****
1.Crooked Tree Ranch
2.The Rancher’s Son
3.A Cowboy’s Home
These were enjoyable but increasingly improbable. Three families own a ranch and the series follows various family members. Of seven sons, how likely is it that four are gay? There is a sequel relating to the sheriff but I have a severe case of disbelief.
Dragon Prince/Star Scroll/Sunrunner’s Fire by Melanie Rawn****
I was enthusiastic at first – interesting magic, and lovely dragons (who didn’t appear often enough) but by the end of the third book I was frustrated because every time the characters solved a problem another worse one arose, and the huge cast and timeline meant some of my favourite characters were gone. When I gathered that it wasn’t a trilogy but would have further volumes I gave up.
Awfully Glad by Charlie Cochrane****
An enjoyable short novel set just after World War 1. This author is really good at period detail and I liked the way the m/m romance was set against the background of very real fears of being ‘outed’. Well written but personally I prefer her longer series.
And then there was the three star book that took me almost as much time as the others put together…
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton***
This had so much hype with lots of awards. I’m sure the author’s depiction of the New Zealand gold fields of the nineteenth century was authentic and well researched but I could have read a history book. There wasn’t a single character I cared about, and the mystery was less than enthralling. The structure of the novel, using different points of view, led to a great deal of tedious repetition. Not worth the effort it took to plough through its considerable length.
Nothing to recommend in fanfiction, either. I spent quite a lot of time reading the contributions to the Lewis Summer Challenge and there was some good writing but unless you’re a fan of both the show and the fanfiction, nothing to bring to you.
I hated The Luminaries, awful book ridiculously over-hyped and over-written. We stuck with Black Lake, not sure why because it was utter tosh…and there’s to be a prequel series!
Yay! Someone else who hated The Luminaries!! It was one of those ‘I bought it so I’ll read it’ books!! Why do things like that get such fame and so many awards?? Husband stuck with most of Black Lake then missed an ep and saw the penultimate one and didn’t bother with the finale. I’ll tell him about the prequel!!