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Monthly Wrap-Up: February 2020

  • Resenting the Hero by Moira J Moore (★★★★★)
  • Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter (★★★★☆)
  • You Let Me In by Camilla Bruce (★★★★★)
  • A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum (★★☆☆☆)
  • Save the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody (★★★★☆)
  • Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams (★★★★☆)
  • The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins (★★★★☆)
  • The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood (★★★★☆)
  • Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender (★★★★☆)
  • Real Life by Brandon Taylor (★★☆☆☆)
  • The Deep by Rivers Solomon (★★★☆☆)

MONTHLY TOTAL: 11
YEARLY SO FAR: 23

I’m still on a roll in terms of quantity of books read! Standouts for this month include You Let Me In (a very creepy supernatural/psychological thriller that might end up being on my favorites of the year list), Resenting the Hero (an obscure but very funny and very short little fantasy book), and The Confessions of Frannie Langton (a harrowing historical fiction about a former slave woman accused of murder). Very disappointed by A Woman Is No Man, which is just badly-written and lacking nuance when it comes to Arab representation. Also Real Life, which is just not for me, but not necessarily a bad book; I just thought it was boring and overly pretentious. Continue reading “Monthly Wrap-Up: February 2020”

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Book Review: Resenting the Hero by Moira J. Moore

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Moira J. Moore

Ace, 2006
★★★★★

Oh my God, this book is so good. This is what Gideon the Ninth wanted to be, a fantasy with comedic elements, modern sensibilities, and an irreverent, casual tone. Only Resenting the Hero is compulsively readable and engaging.

The heart of the novel is the relationship between the two main characters, Dunleavy and Taro, and it works because they are so different, and so flawed. Dunleavy, in particular, is a hard person to like. She’s the narrator, and the story is told in first-person, so we’re constantly privy to her judgemental thoughts, and oh boy, is she judgemental! She’s also inexperienced, naive, a little full of herself, cold, overly logical, and has little to not emotional intelligence. In other words, she’s an extremely unlikable heroine, so naturally I liked her a lot. Her gradual thawing towards Taro is wonderful to watch, especially considering he is not what I had expected at all! Continue reading “Book Review: Resenting the Hero by Moira J. Moore”