Live and Let Drood: A Secret Histories Novel Hardcover – Jun 5 2012
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“A terrific, adventurous blend of genres, delivering high-octane heroism on a road lined with razor blades.”—SF Revu
“A fresh thriller.”—Genre Go Round Reviews
About the Author
Simon R. Green is a New York Times bestselling author whose works include Drinking Midnight Wine, Beyond the Blue Moon, Blue Moon Rising, The Adventures of Hawk & Fisher, and the Deathstalker series.
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Its a good concept but every story comes down to something happens, Eddie powers up and kicks people's butt. Dozens of butts. We get it. Add in the infantile bantering between Eddie and Molly and I came close to losing my lunch. Don't even start me on Eddie having a time travel device and failing to use it to stop the destruction/disappearance of Drood Hall.
So I'm done.
I regret my decision.
I don't know what is happening with the author, but his dialogue has gotten steadily worse. For the first few books, the wit and playfulness was great. But now, everyone is an exposition fairy, using most dialogue to detail what happened in a previous book. Or to remind us that the Armourer is a bit crazy or that anything is done for family. I would think this far into the series, readers would realize these latter two points without having to be reminded every other line and might be mostly update to date on the first. A little recap is fine but it seems that A LOT of dialogue is spent with recap. I don't imagine a lot of readers are jumping into this series with book 6. So what is the point? Does the author assume that readers can't remember or that they are not smart enough to figure things out? There should be much less hand holding about what happened before. Readers can follow along without it and if necessary can go back and review previous novels.
This sort of repetition also happens with Molly and Eddie and their relationship. It seems every few lines is ANOTHER line stating something to the effect of "And that is why I love you." We. Get. It. They love each other. Show us the reasons, don't beat us over the head telling us.
All of these issues did not just appear in this volume; they have been occurring more and more with each book. As the history of the characters gets more and more involved, it seems the author insists more and more on reminding us of that history. It is not needed and instead seems just like page-filler. The Secret Histories was originally supposed to be a trilogy. Maybe it should have stayed that way.
It has gotten bad enough that I believe this will be my last purchase for this series. Which is sad, because it started out in such an interesting way. T