Tuesday, July 29


Pixy's Lit'ry Review

Two books.

To the Nines by Janet Evanovich

Stephanie Plum's a Jersey Girl. That's New Jersey, in case you're confused. Retrenched from her job as a lingerie buyer (not nearly as glamorous as it sounds), she took the only job she could get: working for her cousin Vinny, a slimeweasel who runs a bail bond agency. So now Stephanie's a bail bond enforcement agent - a bounty hunter.

Which isn't as glamorous as it sounds either. Particularly when you're no good at it, and she isn't. Stephanie gets by on luck, a little help from her friends, and extreme persistence.

This is the nine-and-a-halfth Plum outing, and the series has gotten into a comfortable groove. Which is good - you know what you're getting - and bad - you know, well, you know what you're getting. And that's what you get. To the Nines is smart, funny, and well-written, and it advances its characters maybe an eighth of an inch.

Still recommended. 4 out of 5.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling

Also the latest in a series of bestsellers. In this volume, Harry turns into an adolescent git, blah blah, someone dies, the end.

This takes eight hundred pages. There are a couple of very effective scenes. In eight hundred pages. There's a good two-fifty or three hundred page novel in there, slowly suffocating. It's not the worst eight hundred page pile of excess verbiage I've ever read - Wizard's First Rule takes that laurel - but it needs the attention not so much of an editor's red pencil as a pair of electric hedge trimmers.

Meh. I give it 2 out of 5.

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1 Great reviews, Oh Renaissance Man!

Posted by: Susie at Tuesday, July 29 2003 09:22 AM (xYaKi)

2 You know, I'd like to toss in Tom Clancy as one who writes 300 page novels in 1000 page packages... Starting with "The Sum Of All Fears," a book I only finished because I was trapped on a bus traveling between Fargo and Helena, and I had nothing else to do. Fneh.

Posted by: Raja at Wednesday, July 30 2003 09:58 AM (q7i1y)

3 I, on the other hand, write 300 page novels in 100 pages. (Counts words.) Maybe 150. Makes them exciting, but hard to sell.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Wednesday, July 30 2003 10:21 AM (kFP8F)

4 It could be worse. I write fan fiction, which gives me negative points on the literary scale.

Posted by: raja at Wednesday, July 30 2003 11:31 AM (EeavR)

5 As long as it's not Sailor Moon lemon fanfic, you're forgiven :)

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Wednesday, July 30 2003 11:43 AM (a1gWn)

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