Sunday, January 21, 2007

Friday Night Lights, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Brothers & Sisters, 30 Rock, Veronica Mars.  All really good shows. 
I don’t know why I am addicted to Friday Night Lights, but I am. 
But see, since I live in Canada it does not matter what I watch or what I think.  We don’t count when it comes to the stupid ratings, regardless of the fact that there are almost 40 million of us and lots of shows are actually filmed here. 

So I picked this up under duress, as my choices were limited and I had nothing to read while I await the delivery of Meg Gardiner’s books.
I hate, hate, hate buying books with covers like this, particularly since most of my reading is done in public.  I must say, however, that if the North American version had the same cover as the UK version, I certainly would not have purchased it at all. 
I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed this book.  Publisher’s Weekly said, “fans of Anita Blake and Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse vampire series will be rewarded” and I agree completely.  The publisher is releasing the other 3 in the series one a month for the next 3 months, which means at least I’ll have something to read.

So it’s not a bad book.

The writing is okay, but it’s also nothing to write home about.

Entertainment Weekly’s review of it is a certainly over the top:

"You know you're holding a first-rate thriller when you take it with you in the car to read at stoplights."
- Entertainment Weekly. Grade: A. (Jennifer Reese)

First of all, EW, if your need to read is that intense might I suggest that you take an alternate form of transportation from place to place? Secondly, if this book makes you want to read it a stoplights, I fear what would happen if you read something that was actually thrilling, or in fact, in any way exciting. Because this book is neither of those things. The guy from the LA Times must have been reading a different book than me, because, “exciting and out of the ordinary... full of funny, touching and alarming surprises...” is pretty much the opposite of how I would describe this book.