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Cassandra Clare – Clockwork Angel | Review

Title: Clockwork Angel

Author: Cassandra Clare

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 496

Rating: 2.75*/5

 

Cassandra Clare - Clockwork Angel

Cassandra Clare – Clockwork Angel

 

I find it hard to pinpoint exactly what I didn’t like about this book. Perhaps it’s the fact that I disliked the majority of the characters (and that I also agreed with criticism I’ve heard before that Cassandra Clare just reuses her characters). Perhaps it’s because it’s supposed to be set in Victorian London but it still felt very American, with only the lightest description. I felt like I was being told that it was set in Victorian London, rather than being shown it. I think Clare was trying to tap into the steampunk trend with this one, but I don’t think she did it very well.

Perhaps it’s the fact that very little happens other than a big scene in the middle where there’s suddenly loads of action and then nothing again. Perhaps it’s the fact that as the reader, you’re supposed to give a damn about the “love story” between boring Tessa and dickhead Will. I just kind of hoped that one of them would die as I thought that might make it more interesting, but that didn’t happen.

I also got annoyed with the number of people smashing into rooms through windows. In the last Cassandra Clare book I read, it happened four or five times. It happened two or three times here, and it just irritated me. She had a few lines of dialogue attacking French people as well, which I’ve noticed in previous books. Nothing too serious I guess, just throwaway lines that imply that French people are all arrogant and that they’re all waiters, but it’s just not necessary.

 

Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare

 

Ultimately, the previous Cassandra Clare books I’ve read have been like eating McDonald’s. They’re not fantastic, but they’ll do the job. This one was like eating cold McDonald’s after it’s been left on the side overnight. It made me wish that I’d just had a salad instead, it’s not worth the calories. In each of the books that I’ve read so far, I’ve felt as though it’s 100 pages longer than it needed  to be. This one could have been cut down to a novella if all of the fluff was removed and we just got on with the story.

So as you can probably guess, I wasn’t too impressed with this one. In fact, the only reason I’ve got this far with Cassandra Clare’s books is that I’m buddy reading them with some YouTube friends. The problem is that the best of them so far have just been okay. With three okay books and one bad one, I’m just not sure if I want to keep going. I was hoping at least one of them would have been “good” by now. I’m going to have to have a think about it to decide whether I even want to keep going. It’s a big time commitment and I have other stuff to read.

 

Cassandra Clare Quote

Cassandra Clare Quote

 

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Seth Godin – Unleashing the Ideavirus | Review

Title: Unleashing the Ideavirus

Author: Seth Godin

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 240

Rating: 3*/5

 

Seth Godin - Unleashing the Ideavirus

Seth Godin – Unleashing the Ideavirus

 

I was a little disappointed by this one. I’ve been a pretty big Seth Godin fan for a while now, but this particular book feels a lot more dated than others, thanks partly due to its references to Napster, AOL and Yahoo! being revolutionary. Still, at least it does show that Godin was ahead of the times and on trend even way back when, and some of the ideas here are still applicable in terms of working with “sneezers” – which we now call “influencers“.

I can’t give this one anything lower than a three out of five because I’m pretty sure I would have found this useful if I’d read it five years ago. Unfortunately, I didn’t, and while I would recommend reading some of Godin’s books, this isn’t where I’d start.

In terms of the central concept, it’s basically about how sometimes, as a species, something catches on like a cold and is “sneezed” from one person to another. It’s certainly a believable theory, especially because Godin backs it up with some fairly solid examples. The companies that he mentions might not be relevant anymore, but they certainly were back in their heyday.

And hey, come on. If nothing else, you’ll get a pretty good idea of how far we’ve really come along in the last ten years.

 

Seth Godin

Seth Godin

 

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