Just One More Chapter

Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light. 

-Vera Nazarian

 

I'm just trying to light up the world as much as I can one SciFi/paranormal/fantasy/space opera/time travel book at a time. 

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rough review ahead...proceed with caution

Shadowshaper - Daniel José Older

Let's start off with the good. This had a very unique premise. A unique premise usually leads to a high rating in-and-of itself BUT unfortunately, the execution was subpar at best. I have come to terms with the fact that I will be the villain here and speak ill of the dead. I'm harsh mainly due to an overabundance of slang as well as one dimensional, highly trope-y, boring characters... a crime most foul in my eyes. Now, I must preface this by letting you know that I was born and raised in Brooklyn N.Y. I have been to each and every place the book names and while I was living there I encountered every slang you could imagine (except for southern country slang) and by far, this was the most egregious, overused, off-putting abuse of the English language that I have seen in a while. It was so bad, I lost interest almost immediately. I kept going by sheer will power alone, plagued with desperation to make it to the end. I pushed on...through dry, broken, painful dialogue mostly because so many of my GR friends loved this one. In fact, I was about 70% in and found my will to go on depleted. I had to psych myself up repeatedly with false bravado just to make it, limping along bruised and battered mentally... unemotional and reluctant until the very end and you know what?!? It turned out to be... MEH. I am normally on the same page (more or less) with my GR friends and their literary assessments... I say this with the utmost respect BUT here I am, SO underwhelmed that I question if we even read the same book. Harsh? Yes and deservedly so. Not only was the writing barely passable but the characters were completely flat... and the MC?? She was so boring that I didn't care one whit whether the antagonist killed her off or even if she did the merciful thing and commit Harikari. Again, harsh? You bet! When I don't care for ANY of the characters and the writing is hard to digest, I am brutal. I am utterly amazed that I made it all the way through to the last page. My honest opinion is to skip this one because right now I am wishing for a time machine- not to right the wrongs of History but to recapture my lost time wasted on this endeavour and apply it to some other precious more deserving.

 

~end vicious rant