Monday, October 15, 2007

Believe it or not, it's just me

I finished HERO this weekend. Hmmmm. It's a clumsy Harry Potter, substituting superheroes for wizards. Then throwing in some gay. Yeah, it's Fairy Potter (with all apologies to the talented J.K. Rowling). If it counts for anything, I tried to love you HERO, but it shouldn't be this hard. When the big reveal is telegraphed (rammed down my throat?) in the first few chapters, I always suspect that it's a red herring. Only, no. I know this is aimed at young adults, but don't they deserve a coherent plot, too? Isn't puberty bad enough? Oh, and it's actually set up for a series or something, which, hey, I'm all about the pipe dreams, so who am I to judge? All my best, but when my faggoty ass can't get on board with a story about queers in tights and military garb, I don't smell a publishing juggernaut.

I feel bad now.

ADDED: OK, maybe it's camp? I don't always catch that. I'm grasping. Check out the twitter to your right. That line is from HERO.

6 comments:

willnyc said...

you want some full-on fab gay fantasy magic warrior stuff? ok, I'm totally outing myself as a complete dweeb, but here's some great escapist literature for a winter's day-
The Last Herald Mage Trilogy:
Magic's Pawn
Magic's Promise
Magic's Price
by Mercedes Lackey

Michael said...

I'll check them out! With this move, I just purged over half my books. What better time to buy more?

PS J'adore a dweeb.

The Other Andrew said...

I saw this in a bookstore last night. Should I try it? I respect your opininion, so I dithered and then put it back on the shelf.

Tell me what to do!

Michael said...

You know how it seems like I LOVE almost everything, right? Does it seem like I LOVED this?

The Other Andrew said...

No, but there's a fine line between pleasure and pain. You've said it once, you'll say it again. It's a fine, fine line between pleasure and pain!

Michael said...

You got me there. I may protest, but still I tore through this book in a few days. Hmmmm.

Yes, it's a fine line between pleasure and pain. Or some times I think they are opposite sides of the same coin. A heads or tails thing.