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A Spoopy Love Affair With Books

Jean, 39, lover of sci-fi, horror and fantasy, reader of comic books, conqueror of genre fiction.

Currently reading

Wytches Volume 1
Scott Snyder, Jock
Progress: 45 %
The Girl with All the Gifts
M.R. Carey
Progress: 36/403 pages
Bad Moon Rising
Jonathan Maberry
Progress: 160/534 pages
The Immortal Iron Fist: The Complete Collection Vol. 1
Dave Lanphear, Derek Freidolfs, Tonci Zonjic, Jelena Kevic Djurdjevic, Clay Mann, Dean White, David Aja, Khari Evans, Roy Allan Martinez, Victor Olazaba, Francisco Paronzini, June Chung, Nick Dragotta, Mitch Breitweiser, Javier Rodriguez, Stefano Gaudiano, Dan Brereton, M

Reading progress update: I've read 64 out of 346 pages.

Out of The Easy - Ruta Sepetys

So far, I've got mixed feelings about this book. It's nice to see a YA that goes into different territory, as well as a mystery that, while set in the decadent New Orleans of the past, doesn't descend into the supernatural. But the main character is a bit too precocious for my tastes; she claims to not trust men but only has male friends. I was glad when one normal female character was introduced. She looks down her nose at the prostitutes; they're more like a strange species to her, which... if that was the plot, it'd be fine. As it is, it comes off as a bit sniffy. She has no sympathy, or empathy. I also have some problems with the handling of race... Or rather, the avoidance thereof. She thinks the North East is so wondrous because there's no segregation? I grew up in the North East, and there was no need for segregation, because there's so little intermingling. New Orleans has such a complicated history of racism and progressiveness, and the only black character represented (so far) is a sidekick stereotype that doesn't make me cringe, exactly, but doesn't make me think that the author shines with enlightenment either.