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I'm not going to go into great detail about what I thought about this book, because my opinion is very similar to the majority of the people on this board: unoriginal plot devices, cliches, stereotypical/undeveloped characters, flowery purple prose galore, more one-liners that anybody would need EVER (plus unrealistic … see more I'm not going to go into great detail about what I thought about this book, because my opinion is very similar to the majority of the people on this board: unoriginal plot devices, cliches, stereotypical/undeveloped characters, flowery purple prose galore, more one-liners that anybody would need EVER (plus unrealistic dialogue from some characters), and grave continuity issues. I'm judging the book, not Cassandra Claire the fanfiction author, and I don't give a crap about her plagiarism suit on ff.net. Why did I read it? I'd heard a lot of negativity about this book and wanted to see for myself. And, I'm a very fast reader. A few years ago I'd found Clare's fanfiction entertaining, but not great by any means. This book, however, was nothing more than a time killer, and only a bit more fun than a hangover (seriously). I've read a lot of the reviews on this page, and noticed that a large percentage of people either *hated* this book, or adored it. My question is this: who are all of you, and were you familiar with Clare's work before reading this book? To me, the negative reviews mostly seem to focus on Clare's tendency to borrow material from other works, or even from herself. Are the haters of this book people who've read Clare's fanfiction before, and feel like this is a regurgitation? And what about the people who loved it? I'm just curious, is all. For some reason I've been unable to find out how old Clare actually is, and I'm wondering how old the people are who loved/hated this book. see less I'm not going to go into great detail about what I thought about this book, because my opinion is very similar to the majority of the people on this board: unoriginal plot devices, cliches, stereotypical/undeveloped characters, flowery purple prose galore, more one-liners that anybody would need EVER (plus unrealistic dialogue from some characters), and grave continuity issues. I'm judging the book, not Cassandra Claire the fanfiction author, and I don't give a crap about her plagiarism suit on ff.net. Why did I read it? I'd heard a lot of negativity about this book and wanted to see for myself. And, I'm a very fast reader. A few years ago I'd found Clare's fanfiction entertaining, but not great by any means. This book, however, was nothing more than a time killer, and only a bit more fun than a hangover (seriously). I've read a lot of the reviews on this page, and noticed that a large percentage of people either *hated* this book, or adored it. My question is this: who are all of you, and were you familiar with Clare's work before reading this book? To me, the negative reviews mostly seem to focus on Clare's tendency to borrow material from other works, or even from herself. Are the haters of this book people who've read Clare's fanfiction before, and feel like this is a regurgitation? And what about the people who loved it? I'm just curious, is all. For some reason I've been unable to find out how old Clare actually is, and I'm wondering how old the people are who loved/hated this book.

asked on March 23, 2008

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