Not A SF/F Review – Plain Bad Heroines
Plain Bad Heroines, by Emily M. Danforth
Synopsis: Absolutely charming prose covering a tragic death in the past and a trio of young women in the present (I think?).
(not a) Book Review: I got four chapters into this novel before I realized what this was. This is another Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell! It is absolutely charming, and very inviting, and nothing happens. To quote myself from the Strange & Norrell review:
The worst part was the teasing. The novel is always right on the edge of interesting. I was always sure that on the next page, or maybe just in the next chapter, something really cool was going to happen.
I read one more chapter to confirm my fears and then promptly put it down. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, can’t get fooled again!
If you liked Strange & Norrell, there’s a good chance you’ll like this. The prose really is quite lovely. But personally, Not Recommended.
(not a) Book Club Review: I had a schedule conflict and couldn’t make this book club meeting, which turned out fine. When I spoke to a couple members later, they confirmed that basically nothing happened, and the people who loved Strange & Norrell really liked this one too. So, base your decision on that.
Plain Bad Heroines on Amazon (sponsor link)
Death Is Bad is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber.