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melannen ([personal profile] melannen) wrote2017-01-31 07:05 pm

Wednesday Reading

Hi Dreamwidth!

I am back in the place where I am reading ALL THE NOVELS because being continuously reminded of reality makes me too nauseous to eat so I am avoiding pretty much all social media and am 8 books ahead on my Goodreads challenge for the year. How are you?

Also is there anyone else who has read all the way to the end of Nemesis in the Marcus Didius Falco mysteries and can explain to me WTF WAS THAT ENDING???

I mean admittedly I was blackrom shipping them pretty hard* all along but I don't think it warped my perceptions that much? How was that supposed to suddenly be justifiable?

*These books did make it clear that if you need to flesh out the personal life of a series protagonist without turning it into a soap opera, just filling all four troll romance quadrants ASAP really does make a great shortcut.
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[personal profile] petra 2017-02-01 02:35 am (UTC)(link)
The problem with having binge-read the Falco books while in serious pain and on according meds is I cannot remember anything about them except that I loved them.

But boy, did I love them.
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[personal profile] sgac 2017-02-01 11:03 am (UTC)(link)
I too felt that the [spoiler] at the end of Nemesis came rather out of left field. I guess you can argue that what spoiler was doing in that book was worse than anything before, or that it was a last straw situation. And it's true that 2000 years ago that sort of thing was more of an option than it is today. But from a 21st century perspective, having spoiler do THAT is a big deal. And it kind of ruins the reader's relationship with spoiler. I'm glad she doesn't seem to be interested in writing any more Marcus Didius Falco books, because I'm not sure I'm interested in reading them.

I did really enjoy the first part of the book though - painful, but good.
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[personal profile] skygiants 2017-02-02 10:37 pm (UTC)(link)
I did read all the way to Nemesis and I WAS extremely confused by the way the ending played out -- but then I was always confused about how we were supposed to see Anacrites, given how wildly it fluctuated from book to book. My guess (if vague memory serves) is that the point when he got all gross and stalkerish on Maia marks the point at which Lindsay Davis finally decided she thought Anacrites was Actually Pretty Evil and not just one of the rotating cast of on-again off-again buddy comedy rivals, but I could be misremembering other Whoops Now He's Lovable Again moments that come after that.

(I have to admit -- before he started hitting on Maia, I spent the first several books rooting for him to marry Falco's mom and be his terrible awkward new stepdad.)

But I also am not sure how much she intends us to side-eye Falco's behavior in general in the later books, now that he has the institutional power and wealth that he lacked in the early ones. Like, he also does not behave great when faced with a possible new brother/co-heir, and that is sort of addressed in a way that makes me think maybe we are supposed to judge him for it, so .... idk?