[DWJ] Best books of 2010 list

Sally Odgers sally at sallyodgers.com
Fri Mar 4 21:33:11 EST 2011

My Best Book for 2010 is Donaya Haymon's Waking Echoes. It's the third 
and most complex of the ongoing Laconia series. It shares a few 
characters in common with Halloween Romance and Bite Me but whereas 
they're magic realism (HR is about the romance between a melancholy 
vampire college student called Ferdinand (who GETS that he's being a 
stereotype!)  and Selene, a werewolf) and Bite Me is about their 
Shifter daughter Di's high school problems), WE is more complicated. 
Taylor is a school friend of Di's and the odd happenings next door are 
only the tip of the iceberg for her. She's being haunted by an 
emaciated scarred version of herself from a world that ended long ago. 
Worst Book? Hmm, much as I hate to say so, it's by someone I know 
slightly. It's not a bad read, but it has a plot hole I could hurl the 
author through. It's commercially published by an established firm, and 
I cannot understand why her editor didn't make her fix it. If she'd 
sent it to me to assess, I'd have told her No, NO, a thousand times No! 
I've blanked the title, but it's a modern ballet story. There are much 
worse books about, but them I gave up on smartish. 
Sally Odgers

On Fri, 04 Mar 2011 11:50:34 -0700, Melissa Proffitt wrote:
On Fri, 04 Mar 2011 21:51:05  1100, Roslyn Gross wrote:
> >On 4/03/11 12:36 PM, "Melissa Proffitt" <Melissa at Proffitt.com> wrote:
> >>
> >>Worst Book of 2010: _Soulless_ by Gail Carriger
> >>Call me crazy, but somehow I expect the author of a steampunk book to know
> >>the difference between Regency and Victorian culture. It's got a cute
> >>premise, but the main character annoyed me and the author annoyed me even
> >>more. Unfortunately I have a friend who loves the series, so I have to
> >>restrain myself from ranting as much as I'd like. (This book suddenly
> >>looks
> >>a lot better now that I already have a candidate for Worst Book of 2011.)
> >>
> >>I agree that in lots of ways it's silly and that Carriger gets lot of
> >>things wrong - she not only confuses Regency and Victorian culture but
> >>puts modern American expressions into her characters' mouths, which
> >>really annoyed me. Nevertheless I couldn't help enjoying the books!
> >
> It's always interesting to me how different people have different, um,
> tolerances, maybe? for books. My husband Jacob likes a lot of books that
> drive me crazy (and vice versa), mostly along this line--it isn't that he
> doesn't get what's silly or stupid or wrong about a book, it just doesn't
> matter to him. And then he wouldn't finish _The Hunger Games_ because the
> political backstory is to him a huge stumbling block--he can't just take it
> as a given and move on, even when I assured him that *yes*, the series is
> about changing the status quo. I would say I wished I could enjoy
> _Soulless_ despite the flaws, and in a way I sort of do--really, who
> wouldn't want one's list of enjoyable books to expand?--but in a way I think
> it's better to use it as a marker to identify what kind of a reader I am, if
> that makes sense. 
> Besides, if we never disagree we can never have good discussions, neh?
> Melissa Proffitt
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