Currently Reading: Tommy Sullivan Is a Freak by Meg Cabot
Just Watched: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 1: ‘Angel’
I have always been a fan of Meg Cabot (for as long as I have read her books) and even though many times before I have remarked upon the racing-off-the-topic thoughts that seem to waffle from the minds of her teenage character, I have never seem it displayed so blatantly as it is done in Tommy Sullivan Is a Freak. The plot is all well and good (don’t get me wrong) but the waffle! It simply drags to way beyond the limitation line.
I find myself constantly thinking ‘hurry up to the present, to the dialogue. Why the hell do I want to know the 22 reasons why Katie doesn’t drive a car‘ and then the next page which relates the ‘REAL’ reasons why she doesn’t drive a car!’ I honestly tell you, its appalling! Then we have the list of all the ‘sicks’ she is, from car-sick to sea-sickness. God, it doesn’t even have any relevance!
However aside from the absurd amount of (IMO) unprofessional longwindedness, the book certainly has many unique qualities that I have not yet read in any of MC’s previous books. Her more recent books however are another matter. The heroines (in the books) seem to be more complexly developed and more real (meaning that they seem to fit into the role of a typical teenager). I wonder if this is only because these books are more recent so more in tune to current ethnology.
Whatever the reason I have to say that I really enjoyed Princess Diaries No.9 which was probably the most mature and spectacular book in the series. Which really surprised me as I have only ever read the first 3 in the series and find Mia Thermopolis to be rather circumlocutory, so now I’m actually looking forward to the last and final Princess Diaries No.10. Which happens to take place (quiet efficiently IMO) during her 18th birthday, because for how long can a girl remain 15? No wonder the books drag.
Moving on: I just read L.J.Smith’s latest story update, this one is about Jez and Morgead from her Night World series. Its very long and slightly disturbing however we see a glimpse into their past that just made my day (…or night) =].