Me, Myself, and Why? MP3 CD – Sep 1 2010
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Praise for Me, Myself and Why?
Praise for MaryJanice Davidson:
“With her hot-selling tales about a beautiful, wisecracking vampire queen from Edina, MaryJanice Davidson has sunk her teeth into a career most writers can only lust after.” --Minnesota Monthly
“Davidson’s witty dialogue, fast pacing, smart plotting, laugh-out-loud humor, and sexy relationships make this a joy to read.” --Booklist
“A bawdy, laugh-out-loud treat!” --Book Page
“Smart, sarcastic, frequently profane and manically inventive.” --The News-Press (Florida)
“When it comes to outlandish humor, Davidson reigns supreme!”—Romantic Times BOOKreview
From the Back Cover
“Wacky, witty, and wonderful! Prepare yourself for a wild and entertaining ride.”
—RT Book Reviews
IF THE SHOE FITS…
Cadence Jones isn’t your typical girl-next-door. She’s a Special Agent for the FBI’s team of operatives who are psychologically gifted—which is the polite way of saying she’s nuts. The tough-as-stilettos Cadence simply can’t keep her mind off whatever—or whoever—pops into her head. Which is enough to drive any man away. Except one…
why not fall head over heels?
He’s tall, dark…and high up on America’s “Most Wanted” list. The FBI wants Cadence to enlist her mad-hot sisters, Shiro and Adrienne, to trap the notorious Threefer Killer, who—surprise—arranges his victims in threes. But Cadence has a WANTED list of her own, featuring her best friend’s criminally handsome brother. Unfortunately, the closer she gets to her crush, the closer the killer gets to her…and her sisters.
“Over-the-top humor and outrageous situations…a fresh new story.”
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The premise of the book is really off the wall, but I'm willing to suspend disbelief for a good story. This is only a so-so story. Cadence works for a division of the FBI called BOFFO. Apparently they are staffed solely by people with fairly severe psychological disorders. In real life these people would never get into the FBI (except maybe as criminals). Cadence, our heroine's, disorder is multiple personality disorder. She witnessed a terrible trauma at age three that caused her to develop two added personalies she calls "sisters" - Shiro and Adrienne. Shiro, a petite Asian, is the no-nonsense martial arts expert that comes out when Cadence is in danger. Adrienne is the psychotic, totally deranged sister that comes out when Cadence is angry, as far as I can tell. Adrienne's part of the book were the strangest, written in verses, often including "Wheels on the Bus."
Cadence is the "normal" personality. She's pretty and blonde, is friendly, has good people skills, doesn't swear and thinks she's a virgin. Meanwhile her sisters leave her to wake up naked in bed with strange men.
Cadence and the BOFFO team are trying to catch a serial killer nicknamed ThreeFer because he kills in threes. The murder mystery part of the book was actually pretty clever and unpredictable. That said, the ending wasn't all that spectacular.
This was a so-so read, and I wouldn't really recommend it to my friends.
This is the first in an intriguing new trilogy featuring Cadence Jones, an agent with an under the radar branch of the FBI which goes by the unusual (but fitting) acronym BOFFO. Cadence and her fellow BOFFO Agents all suffer from serious psychological disorders. Cadence's little quirk is that she is always with her `sisters,' Shiro and Adrienne. Sisters who just happen to be fractured pieces of her own psyche. And if Cadence's multiple personality disorder would seem to be an unusual trait in an FBI agent, consider her partner George - he's a sociopath.
Cadence has even more on her mind than usual these days. She and the annoyingly self-centered George are on the trail of a serial killer, which would be stressful enough, but Cadence's best friend's older brother seems to be making a move on Cadence - and on Shiro and Adrienne to boot. So Cadence is all about juggling her work and her personal life, but keeping them separate turns out not to be an unworkable notion. As she and George turn up clues at the `Threefer Killer's' crime scenes, Cadence starts finding that things are disturbingly familiar.
Me, Myself and Why? is an ambitious undertaking and while it is a little slow and confusing in the early stages (the jumps between personalities are a little tough to sort out until the reader becomes familiar with each of the `sister's' voices), the writing throughout is accomplished and extremely readable. About a third of the way through things really pick up - both in the central mystery and in Cadence's personal life. When I first read the description of this book on Good Reads, I was really curious to see how Davidson would make the idea work, so I was thrilled to win a copy through first-reads. Things were really getting interesting and complicated at the end and I find myself looking forward to the next entry in the Cadence Jones trilogy.
The concept itself is genius - an FBI agent with Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) working in a secret FBI department with others who are not "normal", in fact could (and are) considered crazy by large segments of the population. But it is their very uniqueness that sets them apart and helps them to get the job done. Who better to understand the mind of a sociopath than a sociopath? A klepto than a klepto?
Cadence is the main character along with her 2 other personalities Shiro and Adrienne. Some of the best moments in the book are between Cadence, Shiro, and Adrienne and the mandatory shrink they have to visit on a regular basis. Truth be told Shiro is my favorite - who does not love a tough as nails protector who is always ready with a snappy and efficient comeback line?
It is in the humor and the details where this novel reads well when it works- what happens when your "other personality" puts you back in the drivers seat while you are chasing a criminal speeding down a freeway? How do you handle certain oh so personal situations like boyfriends (e.g. mattress mambo)?
Unfortunately, this same humor and details (where it doesn't work) are where it falls completely flat. The constant shift in perspective (some chapters are a few sentences long) left me very confused--more confused than I have been in a book for years. Until the later part of the book I felt like a ping pong ball bouncing from one to the other. Completely pulled me out of the story.
There were many questions left unanswered such as how could others tell which "sister" it was and how on earth can one sister look completely different (hair, eye color, etc). I also felt like I never really got to know any of them that well because the perspective shift was constantly interrupting me.
And I'm not sure what to class this as? Humor? Chick Lit? Mystery? Suspense? Romance?
Now normally my comments tend to be along the lines of they could have cut 100 pages out and still done the job as far as the story..here it is the opposite. More fleshing out - less shift from one to the other. I recognize that, due to the fact you are dealing with a split personality, maybe the intent was to have the reader feel as confused and push-me-pull-you'd as Candace--but it just didn't work for me in terms of getting into the story or the characters.
Overall the idea is great, parts of it were good, but for the reasons mentioned above it just has to come it as an "o.k." only. I really wavered on 2 or 3 stars but I did finish it and the parts I liked I REALLY liked so I'm good with my "it's o.k." review. I definitely think I'd wait for reviews on the second of this trilogy before purchasing.
First you have to understand that the main character in the book has multiple personalities and works for a FBI agency made up of sociopaths, kleptomanics, pyromaniacs, agorapholes pychotics, ...well you get the picture. Just your normal FBI agents and they carry guns. Are you laughing now? There is a serial killer who kills in threes being chased by a person with three personalities. Getting the mystery now? There is a baker who wants all three persoanlities. Romantic? The mystery part can be figured out rather easliy or part of it for sure.
The writing is the problem for me. The author has to switch between the two of the personalities so much that it becomes confusing after awhile. The third one talks in a rhyme and has poem like pages.
As for the "sex" well the good personality for some strange reason strips for the baker and kisses the mirror. Hmmm maybe that is a turn on for some one, who knows.
The best way to discribe this book is scattered brained all over the place. If this si to be a series, I can't see where it can go. Where ever it goes I am going in the opposite way.
I doubt I'll buy it. I've enjoyed (and purchased) the Queen Betsy stories, though I'm still undecided on the future of those based on the last book. This book, however, is not one I see myself going back to reread. And I do reread books. I do expect to want to read any future books in the series, so I evidently enjoyed it to a certain extent.
Trying to figure out what the difference between the two is and the best I can come up with is that Betsy is shallow -- she knows this and it doesn't bother her. For a quick and fun read that has one laughing, a shallow character who basically revels in her shallowness is a perfect choice. The lead character of this novel is definitely not shallow. The topic of this novel (serial killings) is not a shallow topic. And the "hook" of multiple personalities is most certainly not a shallow topic.
Yet the novel tries to be a funny, quick, enjoyable read. Else why the idea of the lead character being employed by the FBI? Or the many setups that invite the reader to laugh (Cadence once woke up with chocolate chip mint ice cream on her butt.)
From what very little I know of the disorder, I felt that MJD did an excellent job of making the character "real" and likeable. I'm not sure that most of the other characters in the book came off as well fleshed out. I thought that the male romantic foil was a bit off and unrealistic, though the female best friend was pretty well done. I think that the problem lies in the dichotomy between the very serious mental illness issues, the serial killings, the amusing interactions between characters, and the almost frothy romance elements. They just don't fit -- you'll read a few paragraphs and start to smile and then, wham, you're faced with someone who can't deal with life or someone just dying.
It's an interesting novel. Just not one I think I need in my personal library.