Alright, my darling Gentle Reader, I decided to end our reading year on an upswing. For my final book of 2017 I chose The Lightning-Struck Heart by TJ Klune.
Why did you choose this book, Gail?
For those who know my taste you will know this has many things I like. Adorable snarky gay boy main character. Lots of awesome magic. Really fun fantasy setting. But honestly…
No seriously, I was reading it last night and actually crying with laughter.
Well that might have been because is was two in the morning and I was trying not to wake up the AB.
I haven’t laughed this hard since Ridiculous!. Possibly not even then.
The Lightning-Struck Heart is really that funny.
I think we all need to read something this wonderfully irreverent right now.
Need more persuading?
So I resisted reading any more of Klune (despite a killer reputation) because I read Wolfsong.
Let me very clear. Wolfsong is a strangely haunting, brilliant, and poignant gay shifter not-quite romance. But also full of weird character inconsistencies (particularly the motivations behind the love interest) and (to my mind) desperately needed a heavier hand on the developmental edit pass. (For which I get to blame a trad publisher in this instance. Honestly, sometimes I wonder about Dreamspinner.)
Wolfsong was also too long… for me.
(Incidentally, The Summage Solution narrator Kirt Graves also narrates Wolfsong. Check him out this month’s episode of the Top 2 Botm Podcast. They chat about Kirt narrating The Sumage Solution, audio narration, and he geeks out about drag queens.)
Back to Klune…
Reading The Lightning-Struck Heart, I realize that Klune may simply write epic length stuff. This one is kicking it on the order of 400 pages, which explains the $18 price tag for trade paperback.
There is nothing objectively wrong with long, it’s just not to my taste. Instead of gobbling the book up in one weekend (my normal habit – we all have vices) a Klune book will take me several days.
So treat yourself, it’s so worth it. Try the sample, see if you don’t snort with laughter at least once.
Betcha can’t stop…
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Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for December is The Lightning-Struck Heart (Tales From Verania Book 1) by TJ Klune.
Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella by Gail Carriger is now available (audio will follow).
Gay reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and some unexpected holiday gifts.
Love Bytes Reviews says of Romancing the Werewolf:
“It was funny and sweet, with just a dash of the odd that makes Carriger’s books so worth reading.”
SCRIBBLES ROUND UP
- Competence ~ Custard Protocol Book 3
Status: Awaiting proofs.
Third in the Custard Protocol series featuring Primrose, Rue, and all their crazy friends. Available to preorder in digital & hardcover!
- Meat Cute ~ A Parasolverse Short
Status: Rough draft complete. Layaway.
Possible anchor short story for Secret Project A or SS collected/omnibus.
- How to Marry a Werewolf (In 10 Easy Steps) ~ A Claw & Courtship Novella
Status: Rough draft complete. Layaway.Coming Spring 2018.
Featuring a certain white wolf we all love to hate (except those of us weirdos who love to love him). Add this book on Goodreads.
- TOC ~ San Andreas Shifters #2
Status: Writing Rough draft.
There’s a bartender with a mysterious ability and a big scruffy werewolf with a powerful crush. Shifter food trucks ~ Do it raw! Sometimes we wiggle, sometimes the food does.
GAIL’S DAILY DOSE
Your Moment of Parasol . . .
This reminds me of Irene’s carriage dress in Forsyte Saga.
Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Quote of the Day:
“I need to send you squash in kimono!”
~ Secilia on Twitter (Don’t get it, read Romancing the Werewolf)book review, coop de book, review, tj klune