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This Will Not Look Good on My Resume Paperback – October 13, 2010
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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I can say that I've never before had more of a book's story handed to me via parenthesis (and asides) as this books has, and quite frankly it's seriously detracts from the story (and makes me want to close the book). The exposition can be accomplished in different ways not using the parenthesis and the asides, but it seems the author was too noobish or lazy (like the character) to actually work at it. The character also has a serious hard-on (or whatever the gender appropriate phraseology is for women) for hating men. After the forth or so implication that we should just "kill 'em all" I deleted the book from my device. This is no different than having a male character spending most of a book telling women they should be barefoot, pregnant, and in the kitchen making me a sammich (with mustard and mayo). It may not be a reflection of the author's actual feelings on men (although maybe so) but it makes the character unlikable and my desire to read the story goes down (greatly).
Tired of the parenthetical presentation yet? I am too.
The story does have some amusing moments as she plays with the mind of just about anyone around her, but after a while the humor wore off and the character just looked manipulative, and not in a good way.
Jass Richards, a comic writer, has created in Brett a strong-willed woman who alternates between ranting manifestos and (persistently) asking the questions we all want to ask. This book is like a roller coaster ride on a stream of consciousness. The writing style very much reflects a speaking style rather than a written narrative, which fits the characterization of the novel rather well. Each chapter reflects one (short-lived) job experience in Brett's wide variety of careers. Anyone who's ever had a job will easily relate to one or more of the experiences in this story. I certainly found a few that hit home for me. Brett easily says things we all wish we could say, and sometimes says things we wouldn't have ever thought to say. At times, this story had me laughing out loud as I recognized myself (or others), but at other times, the ranting went from lighthearted fun to serious missive, leaving me a little cold. There were some very pointed jabs at certain "institutions" (for lack of a better all-encompassing term), such as religion and misogynists. Hilarious at first, but got a little old and just plain bitter-sounding after a while. For the most part, the story flowed along quickly and somewhat hysterically, but some parts seemed more drawn-out, leaving me ready for a change in scenery. Luckily, I never had to wait long for a new chapter, and I was soon delving into a totally different experience.
Altogether, a funny, quirky read, good for anyone who is up for a quick escape into someone else's hilarious misery.
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