I just finished reading the eighteenth novel in the Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell & I have to say I am severely unimpressed by the lackluster drivel smashed into one book. This is not a book review I save that for Goodreads, but it is a going to be a rant on some of my favourite authors whom I feel have dropped the ball in their later works.
I’ll begin with Cornwell because it is her latest novel Port Mortuary that I have just finished. Things began the slide downhill a couple of novels ago when they ruined one of my fave. characters by getting him completely ripped on booze and drugs and having him assault the main character that he had been in love with from the beginning of the series. Marino was a slovenly pig that indulged in far too many things, but he was what he was and owned up to it, he was madly in love with Scarpetta and was extremely resentful of any of her suitors especially Benton who is now Scarpetta’s husband. There is still some strain to the Benton/Marino relationship but for the most part everyone else seems okay with everything, which in my opinion is kind of weird, but Scarpetta can forgive just about anyone it seems. Benton got pretty darn boring since returning from his underground life, and after some social issues seems to be almost back to where he started off, except for the fact that he’s pretty rude and standoffish to his wife among a couple others, but the relationship between Kay and Benton has always been strange, then again how could it be anything else when it was born of dishonesty and adultery. Lucy (another fave) has become extremely paranoid and distant & I am expecting a huge Lucy part in the next novel as there was very little in this one. It almost seems as though her only purpose in Port Mortuary was to give technological explanations, which has always been her purpose but she’s always had more depth and I am not liking this new Lucy, though I was not sad to see Jamie Berger leave, not that I disliked her just that she was inconsequential for me. As much as I disliked the recent book, I will continue to read the novels mostly because I am afraid of missing something like a major death or even a good storyline.
Next would have to be James Patterson. There was a time when I considered him to be my #1 favourite author. Those times have changed and fall further behind me as he cranks out new books like a speed demon. Whoever thought it would be good to put novels in an assembly line publication factory seemed to have forgotten that quality takes time. I haven’t read an Alex Cross book in a while because I got tired of the same thing happening. Oh no, Cross’ family is in danger from some madman once again, and his new girlfriend just doesn’t want to deal with this crap anymore. Which new girlfriend you ask, well I can no longer keep track. Sampson just had to get married and have a kid (or whatever happened I honestly can’t remember anymore) but his development was flushed out to sea with that, and Nana has never annoyed me more. She’s always been…..well Nana, but there comes a point in a man’s life when he has to step out from behind his Momma and Cross just never seems to make it all the way out, and am I the only person who believes that a woman that old shouldn’t be taking care of kids anymore. I mean honestly, she’s already raised her own, let the poor woman have a break. To step way from Alex, every other Patterson novel that has come out recently has been complete, utter crap. Even the ones he’s co-written which I had always enjoyed, have nothing unique about them. It’s all been said and done before, and the You’ve Been Warned book, WELL, let me be the one to warn you it’s such a stinker that you’ll need to keep the Febreze beside you while you read.
I was going to add Kathy Reichs to this list because I was not overly impressed with Virals, but it is a completely different series from the Temperance Brennen books though it does star her niece Tory(i). It is made for young adults so it isn’t fair to count that in since it is made for a younger audience, though I do think that Reichs would do well to remember that for her next Virals book, since some of the information and explanations are not quite suited to the fourteen year olds talking.
I actually can’t think of too many more to add to this. I was thinking James Clemens and Tad Williams but that is really more for their series Banned & the Banished and Otherland respectively. I think that it has more to do with the fact that they both read like one huge novel and by the end you just really want to be done with it all and really know what happens. Maybe that’s just my impatience talking but I found that with both series when I got to the last book I was fed up and just wanted it wrapped up.
One that I really want to mention though would have to be V.C. Andrews. Yes I realize that it’s a different writer now, her niece or something like that. But that is no excuse to let old standards die. You could always count on the characters in an Andrews book to be more screwed up than you on your worst day, but these new books don’t have that same oomph. There was always family issues, religion, usually rape and/or incest in each family. Not to say that I like rape and incest, because that would be really icky and weird, but old V.C. Andrews could draw you in like no other. I’ll be honest I haven’t tried to read a new one in quite a while now because I was severely disappointed in one of the newer ones about a boarding school or something too modern for an Andrews book. Maybe I’ll give it a shot again eventually if I see a kick ass review…..maybe.
On to something else, KickAss. I tried to watch this movie the other day. I couldn’t even get through the damn thing. For some reason I really wanted to like it, I’ve never read the comic book because I’ve never read a comic book in my life unless it was an Archie. Perhaps it may have struck a different chord if it hadn’t been Michael Cera in the lead role, I mean really can this guy bring another character to life other than Michael Cera. He is the exact same person in every movie I’ve ever seen him in, and he seriously irritates me. I seem to be a minority in that opinion though because people seem to love him and his weird hair. Well you guys can have him, I’ll continue to cringe when I watch him.
And on another completely random note, what is with artists singing about inane objects. I heard a Rhianna song called California King Bed the other day, wtf!! I love my California king bed too but not enough to sing about it. And I know I’ve heard some other weird shit like that too but for now they’ve slipped my mind.
For today’s blast from the past since I’ve already mentioned it Archie comics. Man oh man I loved my Archie comics when I was growing up. Seeing them at the grocery store, and then begging my mom to buy me the new one. And Double Digests, well that just totally made my week. I always hated the ones that were the kids though, always pretty boring.