Wednesday, 19 May

19 May

Edit: corrected two mistakes

Reading


Today, I had to quit reading Pamela Clare’s novel Hard Evidence on page 37. I’d thought the heroine looked stupid several times already. And on page 37, I encountered the last straw I could take today and I had to stop (there goes my evening of reading on the couch).

Tessa, our plucky heroine, is a “cop reporter” and, or so the reader is told, she’s good at her job. On evening, she witnesses a murder right before her eyes. The next morning, she phones the police and is informed that the police won’t release the report yet or issue a statement (18). Tessa decides to run with the story anyway, making it a “first person, eyewitness account” (18) and the front page for the next day’s issue of the newspaper.

On that next day, she’s asked by the Chief of the police if she’d considered that she’d made herself a target. Tessa says yes but also says she thinks herself safe because now everyone knows what she knows. The Chief agrees that viewed like that Tessa’s right but he also points out that there are easily several other reasons why the killer still might want to see her dead. Tessa, our experienced cop reporter, is surprised… Then later on the same day she accidentally meets the man she suspects is the killer and…is surprised why he knows her name.

That’s when I had to stop.

I’m going to continue reading that novel because I like Pamela Clare’s voice and writing. But I sure I hope that Tessa eventually shows that she’s the good and experienced reporter she’s said to be and that she starts to consider the consequences of her actions in some way before she acts. Because so far, I haven’t seen it once. And that’s too bad.

Gaming

Remember Bebedora? My little warrior-woman reached the top 100 today.

(For some reason, the hair color of my character turned from blond to brown after the last update of the game.)

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Oh, and I’ve written my first longer book comment in ages. Woohoo. I think I’m even going to post it. But today I had to get Tessa off my chest, I’m sorry.

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6 Responses to “Wednesday, 19 May”

  1. Wendy Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 4:34 pm #

    Re: Hard Evidence – it doesn’t get any better. She gets even MORE stupid. Hard to believe, I know – but trust me on this. I slogged through the whole blessed book.

    I’m going to try one more of Clare’s r/s titles to see if this was just a blip on the radar – but I’m wondering if she’s one of those writers who works for me in one sub genre (historicals) and not another (r/s)…..

  2. Taja Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 11:10 pm #

    Wendy – ouch! Okay, thanks for the warning.

    For what it’s worth (not much, I’m not much of a romantic suspense reader), I really liked Naked Edge. That’s how I ended up with the three remaining books in the series.

  3. nath Friday, May 21, 2010 at 1:56 am #

    LOL, maybe your mojo is coming back, Taja!!

    I actually finished Hard Evidence and while I don’t remember the grade I gave them, I didn’t like Tessa much… but then, I don’t usually like reporter much. But at least, I was able to finish it… unlike Extreme Exposure ^_^;

  4. Taja Monday, May 24, 2010 at 4:52 pm #

    nath – I would love for my mojo to come back! I miss it. And then it must stay, of course! *g*

    Well, I finished Extreme Exposure just fine, but I’m stalling on Hard Evidence. I’m still not even on page 100.

  5. KristieJ Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 4:09 am #

    LOL – this is the book Wendy and I disagree on 🙂 I really liked it but I know that Wendy doesn`t – at all – heh heh heh. You may not like Tessa – but Julian is yummy to the max *g*.

  6. Taja Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 8:22 am #

    Kristie – thanks, Kristie. I’ve put it on hold for now – Linnea Sinclair’s REBELS AND LOVERS wanted to be read *g* – but I’m planning to go back to it after I’m finished with the Sinclair novel.

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