Book #18 – Darkly Dreaming Dexter – Jeff Lindsay
I’ve seen a few episodes of the TV series that’s based on this book, this series of books. I liked it. Serial killers, no matter how much they’re done, are generally interesting. Conversely, I wouldn’t call myself a fan of the genre. The TV series is slick, well-acted and I look forward to watching the rest of it at some point when I renew my Blockbuster account. The books…not too sure about after reading the first one.
I’m not a fan of first person, that’s that first strike against it. I don’t write in first person, so there’s little to learn style-wise. There’s advantages to narrating a story from within it, to tell what’s going, rather than to have to show everything. I’m not saying that there aren’t difficulties to writing first person POV, it’s just a different game is all. That said, Lindsay does a good job with showing detail with colorful narration. I’ve never been to Miami, but I get a good feel for it from the writing. Lindsay takes every chance he gets, mainly when Dexter is traveling from one place to another, to paint Miami into the background.
What I didn’t like… Sometimes the narration, from Dexter’s POV of course, got a little tedious. I could skip a paragraph occasionally and not miss much. I also found the psychological underpinnings to be a hokey, but I was happy he ended the story in a reasonable manner. There was a road that Lindsay could have gone down that would have caused books to be thrown. He did make some effort to end it in a plausible way. The very end, I’m of two minds about. On one hand, he dodged writing a difficult part; on the other hand, that difficult part would have been something not particularly interesting. So, it’s all good. Will I read the next book in the series? Maybe. *shrug* Darkly Dreaming Dexter didn’t suck and was a fun read. Lately, I can’t ask for anything more.
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Eric is off to his first class. I’m so nervous for him! We had a nice morning. He stayed out of my way until about 10am, at which time we talked about Divine Fire.
Saw 300 over the weekend. I was disappointed. It was pretty, but I had seen all the pretty parts in the trailer. The voice-over was annoying, not particularly well written. I had hoped that all the negative things I had heard about the would be overshadowed by thrilling battles, but I wasn’t very thrilled. I would have liked a clearer view of the geography of the area and seen some indication of where battle lines were moving to instead of so many closeups. Maybe I’m jaded with the likes of Ridley Scott and Peter Jackson informing what battles should look like.
Playing around with Slacker online radio. Like I needed another online music option. This one does do some good artist suggestions though.