Book Review

Don’t Feed the Antagonist

Wherein I gripe about the books that failed me.


We’re only a bit more than halfway through 2018, yet it’s as if I’ve read at least two years worth of books that could use several more passes through the edit machine. Or perhaps fed to another.

I’ve been disappointed, frustrated, and just plain annoyed with these reads.

Seriously, my eyes hurt from rolling.


 Artemis by Andy Weir

A woman takes a break from admiring her body to run a heist on the Moon.

I enjoyed The Martian (which I DO recommend!) so much that I immediately jumped into Artemis upon its release. 

Gripe: Unlikable characters. Uninspiring plot. The MC, a woman-cum-teenage boy, begged the question: Has Mr. Weir talked with women much?

The only word to describe this low-gravity novel: Ugh



The Maze Runner by James Dashner

An amnesiac boy must run through a maze for reasons unknown. Mildly scary creatures pursue.

I’ll concede that I’m not the intended audience for this book, but this is just not quality fiction. My kids are discerning readers and I definitely wouldn’t give it to them to read. 

Gripe: The characters wanted to be served as the Lord of the Flies or the Lost Boys of Peter Pan, but they lacked the flavor. After a lot of telling, a ton of repetition, and very little happening, I stopped reading.

Who’s trapped in the maze? The reader



Labyrinth by Kate Mosse

Two women are connected over centuries by a quest for the true Grail.

This book saddens me. I love the premise, the prose is quality, and Mosse obviously spent a great deal of time researching this dual timeline story, but in the end I just couldn’t finish it.

Gripe: Labyrinth is the most overly verbose work of fiction my ocular orbs have pored over in many a span of the Earth circuiting the sun.

There’s descriptive writing—which I love—and then there’s writing where the adjectives have adjectives and a simple stroll takes as much time as Frodo’s trek to Mordor from the Shire. 

En Français: Ennui


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18 thoughts on “Don’t Feed the Antagonist

  1. I feel like I’ve been exposed to so many bad books since I started reviewing. It’s so frustrating when ARCs look like they haven’t even been run through a spell checker.

    1. I agree! There are so many poorly edited books out there, especially with all of the self-pubbed ones. It’s discouraging sometimes.

    1. I hate not finishing a book, but I just couldn’t devote any more time to this one. Glad to hear I’m not the only one! 🙂

  2. I loved The Martian, but when I read the synopsis for Artemis it didn’t snag me, so I waited until some of my blogging buddies read it. All of them said I probably wouldn’t like it, so I was right. I love my book blogging buddies. ✨

    1. Sounds like to you have a good group for recommendations! The Martian was so good that Artemis was a major letdown.

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