Recently read – the wrap up of a trilogy

It feels like a long, long time ago that I first read Kelley Armstrong.  It was back before she was *big*.  Back before paranormal was absolutely huge.  Her book Bitten was excellent, mostly because it was so different from a lot of the paranormal romance — it was emphatically not genre romance.  I kept up, more or less, with her Otherworld series, although I didn’t love the books with non-Elena narrators as much as I loved Bitten and then Stolen.  And then gradually I lost interest — too much PNR, not interested in YA, not thrilled with some of the PR.  But I really liked her Nadia Stafford books…which also got kind of shuffled off in the surge of YA-PNR.  I sort of knew that Armstrong planned one last Nadia Stafford book, but hadn’t realized it was out.  Poking around Amazon, I found Wild Justice among my recommendations (thank you, Amazon recommendations algorithm — normally you don’t do well but that one was a success) last week.  

On one hand, it was a nice wrap up of the series and it explained some things that had seemed off in the first two books.  But on the other hand, it was…somewhat predictable?  Overall, I’m glad to have read it and wrapped up the series, and I love that the narrator isn’t being wedged into a traditional HEA/ride off into the sunset while conforming to traditional family values.  But in some ways she sort of is?  Still, not sorry to have bought a copy.

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Also on the media front, I saw Snowpiercer over the weekend.  It was creepy and weird.  Kudos to you, Tilda Swinton for that outstanding performance.  I…feel like there were some gaping plot holes.  And like the people who wrote the script have probably never actually ridden a train.  Yes, an eternal engine is wonderful, but how is the track kept in repair if the only living people are on the train?  Tracks need a lot of maintenance, especially in the winter.  (Look, it’s a metaphor, I get it, but come on – 18 years and no track work? Really?  Nuh uh.)  And don’t get me started on high speed trains, sharp curves, and objects on the tracks.

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Dear fandom:  

ILU but I wish you’d learn a few basic rules of grammar.

1.  An apostrophe generally notes possession, not plurals.

2.  Adverse and averse are not interchangeable, nor are nonplussed and nonchalant.

3.  Should of is not a phrase.  It’s should have.

4.  Their.  There.  They’re.  Not the same.

And this last isn’t about grammar but language choice:  please think about the vocabulary you are putting in your character’s mouth.  There are certain phrases or words that are commonly used in British or Australian English that just aren’t in American English.  They wouldn’t play snooker, or probably even billiards; they’d shoot pool or play eight ball, nine ball, etc.  They have living rooms, dens, or great rooms, not loungerooms.  They might make turkey burgers using ground turkey but probably wouldn’t use mince.  And they’d get a wrench from the toolbox in the truck, not a spanner from the boot.

XO,

jmc

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