Don't worry; I haven't given up books for an e-reader. I really wanted to post a book commentary this weekend, but I needed to better organize my thoughts before doing so. Graceling by Kristin Cashore is phenomenal. Fire, by the same author and set in the same world, is awful.
The overwhelming amount of what I initially wrote concerning this book was bad and it's not that I have an aversion to posting something negative only I feel such comments need to be put into perspective and supported to be valid in any way. So since I'm not trying to pass this informal post off as commentary I can be as horrible as the book, right?
Hmmm… Where to start?
Fire is about a woman's period. Or more specifically a woman's bleeding. (The author would have us believe that to say 'period' or a host of other phrases would somehow allow the reader to forget the whole 'bleeding' part. Fire, the character bleeds a lot. It's not a subtle bit of imagery.)
I could stop here. No, seriously; there really isn't much more to the story.
Fire is also about how women are different from men, because they have a period and their period makes them different and this fundamental difference between men and women is women having a period. Or 'bleeding' as Cashore is fond of saying. 'Bleeding' That wasn't redundant was it? If so, imagine the hell I was in reading 460 plus pages…
Not only do women have periods and bleed which is awful because you see periods and bleeding are unique to women but this period of bleeding time makes their life more difficult and overall more difficult than a mans: much harder and unaccommodating. In reading Fire we see that women's lives are far more strenuous and limited than men's because they have a period and bleed or so the redundancy department of departmental redundancy has redundantly informed me. However, women can overcome this difficulty and not have their lives' governed by their period and bleeding and even though their lives are significantly harder than a man's their rewards can be greater than a man's, perhaps due to their biological bleeding plight.
The novel kinda made me feel like there was some mysterious silver lining to my being a hardcore dyslectic. Needless to say; FAIL!
I wish I could say all that was snark and sarcasm but really, it's not. I knew at the outset of trying to pre-vent all of my forthcoming commentary venom that I would do so uselessly. I won't have nice things to say about this book no matter how much I try to be professional (which I'm not) or decent (of which I show occasional sparks) toward the novel.
I'm not sure if Fire is the worst thing I've read this year--I'm still debating who to select for the meager end of the year dubious honor--but if I could go back an unread any one book I've read, not only this year but in my life, it would be this one.
I almost put this book down; as in every-other-god-damned-page, I almost put this book down. I did pick up an excellent short story collection to help get me through. (Every ten pages read meant I could read a new short story i.e. something good. More to come on that collection later.) Taking notes on Fire was easy, so much material to work with, getting through it was a Pyrrhic victory to say the least. Why did I finish the book? Why did I read it?
Because... Because I'm an idiot and I loved her first book so much.
Kristin Cashore is amazing. Read Graceling. Now. Go!
having your eyes bleed until they explode by reading Fire I mean Fire. More to follow soon.