Monday, March 13, 2006

Small book rant (Gone too Far)

For months now, I’ve heard all the raving and moaning about Suzanne Brockmann’s “Troubleshooter” series. Apparently these books are, as Lula** would say, “the shit.” Yesterday, tucked behind some books in the TBR section of my bookshelf, I found that I own one of them: Gone too Far, the 8th one in the series.

I became very excited; finally, the novel that was going to drag me out of the “book funk” I’ve been in since before Xmas! I opened the book with glee and started reading.

I’m close to 130 pages into the book, and these have been my reactions so far:
  • Ummm, a lot of back story and flashbacks (which I honestly hate, especially since most of them are usually pointless and don’t add anything to the story—except for meaningless words authors need to make their word count).

  • I feel like I walked in the middle of a porn flick, right where the orgy scene is swinging lose, and there have to be at least 30 characters, not mentioning the extras. They are all naked and you don’t know who is who, who came with whom, who is gay, who is straight, who is that woman with the incredible boobs and what is that man doing with that wooden spoon? I honestly must be missing something. Is this series supposed to be read in order? They keep mentioning John, Paul, Tom and a hundred other characters, and I have no fucking clue as to who they are and what their role in this book is. So frustrating!

  • Sam Starrett, our hero, has the filthiest mouth I’ve ever come across. I don’t mind swearing—hell I can outdo a raunchy sailor any day of the week and twice on Sunday—but this guy is ridiculous. And I mean, honestly, who says stuff like “fuckhead,” “dick breath” and “fuckface”; that is, of course, unless you are a very immature thirteen-year-old.

  • Then, there is the fact that this guy has spent these last hundred pages throwing up, crying or yelling. It’s driving me up the wall. Get a fucking grip, fuckhead!

  • Sam/Ringo/Roger (don’t ask; my guess is a triple personality disorder) is looking for his missing two-year-old daughter, and just found his almost ex-wife on the kitchen floor after being shot dead for three weeks (maggots are all over her brain), and all he talks/thinks about is playing hide the salami with Alyssa (the heroine). Tell me if I’m wrong but, who the hell thinks about sex 24/7 when his baby daughter has been missing for three weeks?
Okay, I feel much better now. I had to get this off my chest. *deep breath*

**From Janet Evanovich’s “Stephanie Plum” series.

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11 comment(s):

Blogger Harlot said...

It's that bad? How come all i hear about this series is a non-stop raving about how good it is and how fuckable this Sam is? :S And they say he looks like Saywer from LOST??? I'm sorry, but i think i'll be having a problem with that comparison now.

3/13/2006 01:42:00 PM  

Anonymous Tazza said...

Brockmann's books leave me dizzy. There is always too much subplot and flashbacks. I really hate it when a novel digresses from the main characters. It's like reading 3-4 books in one (there is always a war historical thrown in for good measure). I didn't mind the swearing because the hero is a Navy Seal, but she goes overboard with the political correctness crap. So far she's covered older man (20yrs older), older woman, bi-racial, homosexuality, gang rape, hero going bald...and I've only read her last four books! She's an acquired taste I guess.

3/13/2006 02:17:00 PM  

Anonymous Vixen said...

Aha! so that's where Sam Starret comes from.
Good to know it's not that great. I've never read a Brockmann before and my TBR list is too long as it is so I'll happily take your word on this Trollop and skip it. At least until I have nothing else to read.

Sorry you're still in the "book funk"

3/13/2006 02:45:00 PM  

Blogger Vicious Trollop said...

This book is getting worse by the min. I just skipped over 100 pages, and first page I read after that? The fucking guy is "almost" craying "almost" throwing up AGAIN!

This book fucking sucks!

3/13/2006 03:14:00 PM  

Blogger Dylan said...

Oh gosh, you read Gone too Far without having read the first books in the series? It's not going to make a lick of sense if you do it that way, because Sam and Alyssa's story begins really in the second book in the don't get the full effect if you don't read them in order!

But, I'm really biased when it comes to this series, especially Sam...I don't know what it is about him, he's just IT for me.

To each, his own though! =)

You should try it from the beginning though, see if you feel the same way about it afterwards!!


3/13/2006 03:18:00 PM  

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3/13/2006 11:07:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like Dylan said, you have to read the series from the beginning to understand Sam and Alyssa. Unfortunately, besides these two characters, Max and Jules (IMHO) are the only characters that really shine through in the entire series.

- Amal

3/13/2006 11:56:00 PM  

Blogger Tart said...

I've read two or three Brockmann books, and can't say I'm enamoured by them. I don't really like her "voice" and I really don't like that she drags out character arcs over gazillions of books before you they get their story and HEA!

Also, I think her popularity is waning, the current trend these days is paranormal. I think Navy Seals are a bit passe :P Plus, do you know the rates of domestic violence and divorce amongst military personnel? Yeah, hardly romantic LOL.

3/13/2006 11:59:00 PM  

Blogger Vicious Trollop said...

Holly, you crack me up! lol

You're right on about alyssa and sam. Have you read any others in the series? I will be taking on the challenge of two more before I throw in the towel. Wish me luck! :P

3/14/2006 10:41:00 AM  

Blogger Dylan said...


It's all good, I won the last two debates, so you guys can hate these books, I love them enough for at least ten people! LOL...

3/14/2006 02:05:00 PM  

Blogger Holly said...

Hey VT,

Yes, I read most of the other series. I haven't read any of her more recent books, but I did read the earlier ones.

I think one of SB's biggest problem's is that she tried to make her heroines strong and instead makes them out to be Penis Envying retards....but that's just my opinion..LOL

But Gone Too Far will make a LOT more sense after you read the other books...and since you got them anyway, I'd say go ahead...Your headache could stand to get a bit bigger, right? hahaha

3/14/2006 07:15:00 PM