Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Don't You Hate It When...

...the book you're reading turns out to be gay incest pornography? I wrote earlier that I was plodding through The Chimney Sweeper's Boy by Barbara Vine, the pseudonym of the author Ruth Rendall. This book was touted as a psychological thriller and a mystery. It was neither. Patricia Cornwell, who wrote a good Jack the Ripper book that I own, said that Ms. Vine is "unequivocally the most brilliant mystery novelist of our times." I just couldn't get into it. I saw the ending coming from a mile away. Most people on Amazon seemed to enjoy this book, but I thought the plot dragged and I really didn't care about any of the characters; in fact, I found them to be loathsome. I only finished it out of my own stubbornness. Don't waste your time.


8 Comments:

Blogger Jamie said...

Hi, I found your blog through searching for American Idol stuff. Don't you feel special? :-P anyway. Cool site. I'm trying to find a video clip of Bucky singing "Wanted, Dead or Alive" to shoe my husband. I didn't get to see that one but from the short recap showed on AI a while back, it sounded like Bucky did an awesome job on that song.

Oh, and that book you read sounds creep. :-)

3/15/2006 11:40 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Umm, Creep=creepy

3/15/2006 11:40 PM  
Blogger Rusty said...

Jamie, it was actually Chris Daughtry who sang Dead or Alive back in February, and it was totally awesome. Perhaps you can find a clip at www.idolonfox.com. :)

Jenny is the foremost authority on American Idol in these parts! (I should know, since I watch it with her every week!)

3/15/2006 11:54 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

I missed it last week. BAH! My husband is going to go download the shows for me. I so hope that the nerd boy with that glasses gets booted. I did NOT like his last two songs. ICKY!

3/16/2006 12:21 AM  
Blogger defiant goddess said...

I felt similar about the movie Rent. The play had been heralded, the film had been heralded, the previews looked awesome, so I went. 10 minutes later I was thinking, "Why is everybody gay with AIDS?" Just not my cup of tea.

3/16/2006 8:36 AM  
Blogger Jenny G said...

Hi, Jamie! If you just want to see the performance, try idolonfox.com first. If it's not there, try idolforums.com. People usually have all the performances to download. I used to have 5 different sites that I download off of, but they've all been taken off.

Goddess: LOL I sort of felt the same way about Rent, but I sort of liked it. I've seen the play but not the movie yet.

3/16/2006 10:44 AM  
Blogger GreatSheElephant said...

Barbara Vine has gone off sharply in the past six or seven years. I found this one and Anya's book pretty dismal. Try some of her earliest stuff instead. Strangely enough, with her Ruth Rendell hat on she has improved considerably over the past few years. Now, if I were her/them I could probably write something creepy and mysterious about the struggle between split authorial personalities.

3/17/2006 5:13 PM  
Blogger Jenny G said...

Thanks for the recommendation, GSE! I'll have to check out one of her first books to see if I like it.

3/18/2006 1:27 PM  

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