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Why can’t I give up?

I always wonder why Husband can't give up on bad TV shows and keeps watching till the bitter (bad) end. For example, I got fed up with Lost in its second season and by the beginning of the third season, I gave up on the show when one episode featured a polar bear and a sweat hut. Seriously??? I gave up on Smallville way back I don't even remember when. I heard it's better but I never went back to it. Real world? Road rules? The Apprentice? All shows I loved at some point but given up when the time came.

Book series, on the other hand, I can't seem to give up. Today, I told Husband about how I finished this book but it was bad. But I explained how it was part of a series and I felt the need to read it, even though I suspected it would be bad.

The book I'm talking about is Laurell K. Hamilton's Mistral's Kiss. But first, a little rant about LKH in general.

I started reading LKH years ago. Initially, I loved loved loved her Anita Blake series. I loved how Anita is a strong woman ass kicker. I liked the concept that because she has powers as a nacromancer, that she also has some power over the undead vampires. And I think LKH's books were one of the first I've read where the idea of vampires being legal and out and about in society was first introduced. At the time, it was a novel and interesting concept. Suffice it to say, Anita Blake was right up my alley.

Until … the Anita Blake books got sucky. I think it fell into one of the traps authors often fall into. Anita's world got a little too crazy. At first, it was nacromancy and vampire killing. Then we got introduced to werewolves, which is cool. Then Anita fell in love with one. Then she somehow became the head/queen consort type person to the wolves. Then there were some wereleopards, and wererats (wererats? that's gotta suck). And Anita ended up being the leader of some were group (I forget which). This was the same problem that the Asiling Gray novels suffered from, too many hats on the heroine. The world got a little too crazy.

Right around the time I felt the Anita Blake books went down the toilet, I got hooked on the Meredith Gentry (faerie princess books). Like the Anita Blake books, the Meredith Gentry books started out promising. Meredith is the princess of faeries but she's been exiled and is living in Los Angeles, working as a private detective. But there is some faerie intrigue going on and she must go back to the faerie world. The concept is good. But the Meredith world soon spiraled out of control as well.

The basic premise established is that Meredith must attempt to become Queen before her cousin Cel becomes the King because Cel is crazy and he'll kill her once he gains the throne. The way to become a monarch, apparently, is for Meredith to become pregnant. Yeeeah. So, you see where this is going. Yep, sex sex sex. Meredith basically has to have sex with everyone. But it's okay, because it's the nature of faeries. [This is somewhat like the concept in the Reily Jensen books by the way.]

The sex with everyone and anyone part is a little meh but it's sort of trademark LKH now so I knew what I was getting into. But the problem I have with the Meredith Gentry books is that the Meredith world doesn't even make sense to me. First, there are all these complicated faerie politics. Um. Okay whatever. I don't really get it so I just sort of accept whatever LKH tells me. Sort of. Then, there are all sorts of creatures that I think only makes sense to LKH but not to the readers. For example, there is the King of the Slaughs. What is a slaugh??? I dunno. Maybe I am just not that familiar with faeries in general. For example, I didn't know the difference between the Seelie court and Unseelie court. There are just terms I don't know.

But despite my unfamilarity with the faerie world, I think part of is is that LKH is writing about things that only make sense to her. In this book, basically Meredith has sex with everyone, brings some gardens into life and fights something in the "wild hunt". No idea what a wild hunt is but apparently it's full of things that will be seared into your mind if you saw it. Yeah, fill it in with your own imagination. Even when LKH imagines things for you, there are full of blanks and questions marks in her created creatures. There are creatures that are half slaugh and half nightflyer. Yeah, I have no idea what that is either. That's just one example of the confusion that is the world of Meredith Gentry.

Mistral's Kiss – you'd think from the title that it's about Mistral? But no. Mistral barely appears in the book. Sure, he has sex with Meredith, but so does a bunch of other people. What's so special about Mistral that he deserves to have his name in the title? In fact, more of the book is about King Sholto of the Slaughs. The amazon description mentions Sholto but not Mistral. Who do you think was more important? Maybe Mistral is more important in another book that's coming later? That's the other annoying thing – the book was only 200 some pages. Seriously? It didn't even feel like it was a book. It was probably a set up for the next book, which I will probably read, but not buy.

Yep, I have a hard time giving up on book series. Darn it.

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library rant

Today, I finally went to my neighborhood library. It's only about 5 minutes from my place, so I was really excited about having a place close by where I can go borrow books. Unfortunately, despite its pretty appearance, the library sort of sucks.

There are pros. For example, with the smart library card, you can use the internet for up to 90 minutes each day. I believe there is also wireless you can access the web with your own laptop. But, seeing as I have internet at home, which is 5 minutes away, this is really not something I care about.

Cons: very limited romance section! And I had a hard time navigating. It took me probably half an hour to find their new book browse section. The reason is, the label on the side of the stack said Foreign Language. Only part of those shelves are new books, part are foreign books. So I kept passing those by and not finding anything. Argh!!!  The new book selection is okay but also limited. Plus, they don't separate out paperback from hardback. So once the books are off the new book shelf, you have to walk through the entire fiction section to find what you're looking for.

But besides the difficulty in browsing for books, I still couldn't find a lot of the books on my to read list simply because they didn't carry it. And it's not super crazy books either. For example, they didn't have very many Maryjanice Davidson books. *sigh* I did manage to put some books on hold. We'll see how that works out.

I miss my old library. When I was at my old library, every time I go, I can find at least 10 books I want to read. Just from browsing around. But today, after almost an hour, I only left with 5 books. Blah. *sigh* My old library is a bit too far for me to justify going there and borrowing books. It's probably about 20-25 minutes away. Unfortunately, it's not near anything I would regularly go to either. But, if this new library continues to be crappy, I might just make the drive.

What a let down!