Saturday, 2 May 2009

Dead Man Rising by Lilith Saintcrow

I finally finished Dead Man Rising by Lilith Saintcrow today.

"Something is wrong in Saint City. Psions are dying. The cops can't catch the killer or find out what connects the victims, leaving them with only one option. They call in Dante Valentine."

This book is the second in the Dante Valentine series and I really didn't enjoy it nearly as much as the first one. It's set about 10 months after the first. Dante spends about 3/4 of her time whining about pain in her shoulder, how much she misses Japhrimel, how bad she feels about how she's been treating Jace, and about being a part-demon. It's taken me a month to finish this book because Dante's constant whining made me want to slap her. I felt like I was having to trudge through it to get to the story. The plot is all linked in to the pain Dante's feeling and everything, but if you look at the actual plot, pick out the real parts of the story, it would probably be half the length.

Dante is called in to help with a series of violent murders involving supernaturals, pisons. They're all connected to Rigger Hall, the evil school Dante went to as a little girl that still causes her nightmares. Dante has to figure out who's doing the killings and stopping them. This story really wasn't all that interesting either. I suppose we're meant to feel sorry for Dante and understand all her pain and everything, but it really does get tiring. And almost brings the story to a halt as well. It takes a long time for the plot to progress with pages of whining from Dante. The final fight and closing to the case is really quick and sudden. And half of it is ignored because Japhrimel is resurrected and appears at that moment. All in all, a very forgettable read.

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