[DWJ] Fwd: Worst Book of 2010: _Soulless_ by Gail Carriger

Gili Bar-Hillel hptranslator at gmail.com
Mon Mar 7 02:12:03 EST 2011

Oh, _Evermore_ was soooo bad. I'd blocked it out of my memory. Though come
to think of it, I did read at least one book this year that was far worse. I
don't know why or how I made it all the way to the end. Another book I read
for the first time this year and thought it a real stinker, though I
understand the TV series is supposed to be funny, was the first of the
_Vampire Diaries_ books. These books are tagged as paranormal romance but
the paranormal aspect is not much more than new-age spiritualism mush, all
vague and blurry and atmospheric, no world building or attention to details.
And the romance aspect is just as annoying, building on stereotypes, sexist
stereotypes at that, of what American highschools are supposed to be like.
"Buffy" was brilliant because it parodied these stereotypes: taken at face
value, I find them loathesome.

On Mon, Mar 7, 2011 at 12:06 AM, Chelsea Watson <c.wildmagic at gmail.com>wrote:

> I'm interested to know what discrepancies between Victorian and Regency
> culture you picked up.
> It seemed pretty darn accurate to me, although being a follower of her
> blog,
> knowing shes and archaeologist, and seeing all the
> snippets of Victorian research she posts may sway me to believe they are
> fairly accurate without grounds.
> Also I really enjoyed them (history aside) as light, fun reading.
> My worst book of 2010 was probably Evermore by Alyson Noel. It actually, *
> actually* had no plot.
> :)
> 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.)
> --
> From Chelsea
> --
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