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March 5th, 2010


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11:29 pm - You Don't Need to Read This Right Meow
Cat's Claw, by Amber Benson, is the sequel to Death's Daughter, and all of my complaints about the first book still stand, for the most part. I seriously wanted to throw the book across the room during the first few chapters, but once the plot kicked in, I began to enjoy it more. Although I began to notice new things I disliked, like the fact that all pop culture references are awkward and overexplained and I liked anyone who wasn't Calliope more than Calliope, just on principle. She's really not a compelling protagonist or a particularly strong one, and she even recognizes it. She knows that she's an idiot who gets herself into trouble because she just won't shut up and never thinks about what she's doing until the end of the book when she finally grows a brain.

The book helpfully fills the reader in on any plot details from Death's Daughter they need to know to follow the plot, so it's not necessary to read it first, but it is, as always, advised. I felt that this book didn't focus as much on the Death-as-corporation aspect that I liked in the first book, and it didn't have the novelty of the worldbuilding inherent to the first book, but the narrative is more straightforward, with Calliope going from point A to point B to point C with very little dilly-dally. And just as before, I was prepared to declare this book mediocre until the last seventy pages happened and upgraded it to decent. The plot resolution is fairly convoluted, but it does involve one of my favorite SFF tropes, so that's always a plus. It's hard to struggle through a book to get to a good ending, but it's better than the alternative, I suppose.

The last page is SUPER CHEESY, though.



This journal has been sorely lacking in polls. I've missed them.

Poll #1534519 And behold, a white horse

What book/comic/movie/TV show has your favorite representation of Death?

Death's Daughter
0(0.0%)
The Sandman
19(34.5%)
The Book Thief
4(7.3%)
Discworld
21(38.2%)
The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy
2(3.6%)
Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey
1(1.8%)
The Seventh Seal
0(0.0%)
Death Takes a Holiday
0(0.0%)
Meet Joe Black
1(1.8%)
My favorite representation of Death is not represented here!
7(12.7%)

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From:lonecow
Date:March 6th, 2010 08:59 am (UTC)
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I think my favourite representation is tied between Death from The Sandman and Death from the Discworld series. I cannot choose between the two!
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From:vaspider
Date:March 7th, 2010 02:53 pm (UTC)
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This.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 6th, 2010 03:27 pm (UTC)
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I thought about DLM, but those are reapers, not Death. That's why I didn't include Supernatural (since we haven't actually seen Death yet).
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From:harper47
Date:March 6th, 2010 12:14 pm (UTC)
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Interesting. I know I read Death's Daughter. I don't think it impressed me very much as I don't remember it very well. Not sure if I will read the new one or not . . I've gotten very picky lately about what I spend my time reading. Thanks for the reveiw.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 6th, 2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
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I don't think it impressed me very much as I don't remember it very well.
Yeah, I was glad for the refreshers since I barely remembered a thing from the book.

I've gotten very picky lately about what I spend my time reading.
I understand. Luckily, it didn't take very long to read. It's nice, fluffy reading.
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From:darlingviolenta
Date:March 6th, 2010 02:18 pm (UTC)
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You just made me choose between Discworld and The Book Thief, two of my very favorite things in the world, and both with wonderful representations of Death. Not fair! (But Discworld wins out because it also has Death of Rats.)
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From:scifantasy
Date:March 6th, 2010 03:16 pm (UTC)
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Sandman runs a close second, but Discworld has the edge for me.
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From:jeeperstseepers
Date:March 7th, 2010 12:13 am (UTC)
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I felt torn between Death of The Book Thief and DEATH of Discworld. What it came down to was this: Death of the Discworld is more "hahahaaaa" funny and amusing. But Zusak's death is more of a real, relateable character for me, and I loved him so much. Plus, he seems more like actual Death than Discworld Death does.

And even though his physical description is never given, I'm pretty sure he's hot.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 7th, 2010 01:58 am (UTC)
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That's a good rationale. It was a tough choice, but I went with Discworld for the lulz. I think Death in Sandman is both amusing and a relateable character, though. Also, she's hot.
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From:the_narration
Date:March 7th, 2010 03:40 am (UTC)
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Dude. Discworld. Totally Discworld. He's funny, he's friendly, he's philosophical, and he's f***ing badass. Just look at when he gets "the band" back together in Thief of Time.

"...WHILE IT IS TRUE WE HAVE TO RIDE OUT, Death added, drawing his sword, IT DOESN'T SAY ANYWHERE AGAINST WHOM."
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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 7th, 2010 03:51 am (UTC)
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That is my favorite Discworld book.
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From:the_narration
Date:March 7th, 2010 04:54 am (UTC)
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Wish I could figure out what I did with my copy. I've been wanting to read it again.

My favorite Discworld book is definitely Night Watch. Vimes is awesome.
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From:wiscck
Date:March 8th, 2010 09:24 am (UTC)
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That is what I was going to say. Though A Dirty Job is "Deaths" more than "Death".
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From:wiscck
Date:March 8th, 2010 09:58 am (UTC)
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Oh, wait, I'm thinking of the soul collectors. And I just re-read that book a few months ago, too.

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