Monday, February 25, 2008

Short Book Reviews

A Fate Worse Than Dragons by John Moore - This novel was billed as a fairy tale parody. It's not a parody, it's a uninspired situation comedy. It's mostly good natured, yet I found it to be subtlety offensive when it relied on tired gay stereotypes from 100 years ago. If this novel had made jokes out of another minority stereotype (for example African-Americans, Jews or Asians) it would have never seen print. I think it would be fun to read a parody of Erikson's Malazan Books of the Fallen or Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice or even Robert Jordan or Terry Goodkind. There's plenty of current fantasy that could be a ripe field for humorous material. Unfortunately this writer totally misses the boat. Pretty lame and it Stinks!


Carl V. said...

Stereotype jokes are pretty lame anymore regardless of the stereotype. I love a good parody, but what makes a parody good is a bit of ingenuity and wit rather than a reliance on 'been there, done that, wasn't funny then' humor. I certainly think that there is humor to be had in a person poking fun at themselves, but the situations when something like that is okay are so few and far between that they aren't even worth pursuing.

They can't all be winners, but doesn't it suck when you spend time reading a book and it turns out to be a dud?

David said...

Carl's hammer hits nail smartly on head once again!

They can't all be winners, sure, but that makes finding good reads all that much more enjoyable. At least this one didn't occupy much of my time.

Humor, parody and satire I think must be pretty hard to write. Amy and David Sedaris can certainly crack me up on occasion.