Caveat: I don't mean any disrespect to either the author or her work. I'm just frustrated with pretty much everything at present and, unfortunately, a certain book has become the focus of my frustration. So I apologise in advance if I cause offence - it is not my intention to do so.
I am currently reading a book (no points for guessing which one) that is engendering...dare I say it...I hate to say it...apathy! *lowers head* I've been reading this particular book for 10 days and I have only read 315 pages. Reading it feels like wading through treacle. I am no doubt going to be hung, drawn and quartered (or perhaps that might be too optimistic of me) for saying this but....I'm beginning to wonder if I've reached my breaking point. What is so shocking is that is it THIS book and THIS author...who'd have thought? I've been devouring this author's books since the moment I picked the first one up. I haven't been as enthralled with the latter books, but I still enjoyed them. Honestly, I never expected to feel like this.
Where to start? There's the product placement - I mean, seriously people, do we need to have a brand name for the oats that one of the characters is eating? Can't he just be eating oats? Is your reading experience adversely affected if you don't know that the brand of oats said character is eating is Quaker? Because mine sure isn't! I honestly feel like I'm whirring around in the washing machine of advertising...I'm dreading the dryer! And then there are the products, some of which I've never even heard off...I understand that the author is based in North America, but it would be nice if there was some (any) consideration made to those of us who reside outside of North America and thus won't know the products or names referred too. Particularly when it reflects on a character's state of mind. And I'm not even going to get started on how said products date the book. Nor am I going to get on my soap box *looks down* (OOPS! Already on it!) about the scene I read this morning in which one character was bemoaning the fact that she was wearing clothes from GAP (which I have heard of BTW). I say nothing!
And then there's the slang, which is driving me nuts...'I'm outtie'? How about 'fiddiot' or 'gen pop'? Maybe it's just me, but the slang de-fangs all the supposedly bad-a*s characters. I can't take anyone seriously if they say outtie! Then again, I could handle (JUST!) the slang if it was confined to the dialogue, but it's not! Do we really need slang in the non-dialogue text as well? What did I read the other day (in the main text BTW, not the dialogue)? 'Bisniz'! For goodness sake - it's business! What has happened to the English language? Is it unfashionable? What will the next book include? Text lingo? And what about the abbreviations? Anyone else feel like they missed the lecture notes?
And then there are all the plot strings. I feel like I'm on a yo yo, whizzing around from plot to plot. Or, sticking with the washing machine metaphor, on the spin cycle! And currently, there's only one plot that's keeping my interest going, and it's not the one I thought it would be either. Because the plot I thought would hook me is so saccharine I almost can't take any more!
Oh, and consistency....or lack thereof, particularly with the characters. Don't worry, I'm only dancing around this one, not heading in guns blazing! One character, who has been, to all intents and purposes, a dominant in the initial books is suddenly acting submissive...is that normal? (And yes that is a genuine question.) And then there is the 'evil' character. Could he be any more of a slapstick evil character? He seems to have a cunningly evil plan, but all his lackeys are idiots! But then, at least he has a plan. His opposing number - no clue! For goodness sake, you have a fully trained police officer in your midst - USE HIM! The plan you're currently using (one that you've been using for centuries I might add) obviously isn't working!
*SIGH* In the book's defence, I think perhaps I am reading it at the wrong time... I'm sure if I was in a better (read different) frame of mind all of the above 'issues', if I can call them that, wouldn't be annoying and I would just enjoy the book as I have its predecessors. And I'm sure at this point you're all yelling at me, asking me why I'm bothering with the book if I have this many issues with it. I've already had someone ask me why I am persevering with it. Because...because I don't want to let go....because I keep hoping it will get better...or I will get with the programme and fall madly back in
So, has there ever been a series that has driven you almost to the point of no return but rescued itself at the last moment? Hope....please *begging* ...I need hope!