Imatge de l'autor

Kelly Meding

Autor/a de Three Days to Dead

18+ obres 1,598 Membres 100 Ressenyes 6 preferits

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Obres de Kelly Meding

Three Days to Dead (2009) 588 exemplars
As Lie the Dead (2010) 276 exemplars
Another Kind of Dead (2011) 186 exemplars
Trance (2011) 160 exemplars
Wrong Side of Dead (2012) 129 exemplars
Changeling (2012) 51 exemplars
Requiem for the Dead (2013) 41 exemplars
Stray Magic (2018) 36 exemplars
Tempest (2013) 26 exemplars
Chimera (2013) 17 exemplars
Stray Moon: A Strays Novel (2019) 13 exemplars
The Night Before Dead (2016) 10 exemplars
The Hoarder 7 exemplars
Pride Before Fall 6 exemplars

Obres associades

Carniepunk (2013) — Autor — 420 exemplars
ReDeus: Beyond Borders (Volume 2) (2013) — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars


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Good but I wasn't driven to run out and get the next one
jazzbird61 | Hi ha 16 ressenyes més | Feb 29, 2024 |
OK, third book in the Evangeline Stone series and ENOUGH with the Capture/Torture/Murder already!! Sheesh! This one finally got thrown across the room last night. Don’t get me wrong- I like mayhem. I also admit to being much happier when my protagonist is the one dishing it out. Yes, I do realize that the character has to face pain and challenges or risk becoming a 1 dimensional, super hero caricature. I get that. And I gave “Another kind of dead” more chances to make up for the misery than I might given another book of its ilk because of the previous 2 books in the series. However, I made it from Chapter 21 to page 309, only by skipping over paragraphs and then whole pages in chapter 22, just to see what happens after the Kick-ass Heroine’s current bout of Capture/Torture/Murder. This would be, what..? - the fourth in her story line and the 2nd in this book, if you count the threat of ‘Rape plus Torture, minus Murder’ that the character under went in chapters 9 and 10.
I gotta say, I begin to think there’s some psychology at work here: Once again, an author has taken this standard bad-ass chick character, (well trained-physically strong- but-emotionally wounded-outwardly snarky-but-with-an-emerging-tender-side) and tied her down to rape (or threaten rape), brutalize and murder her. What’s up with that? “Girls kick ass, but when they do, they’re gonna pay for it!” I’m really not finding this entertaining and it’s actually become more boring than horrific from sheer overuse. The series started with the protagonist’s, Capture/Rape/Torture/Murder. (Because as a female character; she must be sexually assaulted if only to give her a reason not to sleep with the male protagonist for a while.) Aside from the Agggh-factor, this trope pretty much amounts to literary laziness and it becomes as meaningless as repeatedly tying Perilous-Pauline to a railroad track. It’s as if the author has a Capture/Torture/Murder key next to the space bar on the keyboard. “It’s time to put our Heroine in jeopardy again. Hit the CTM key!”
I’d like to propose a rule, let’s call it”Evy’s Rule” after this protagonist, which states: for this and all other series in the Kick-ass Heroine genre; if you, the author, go for the Capture/Torture/Murder trope to kick off your series, you can NOT use it again. Not on that protagonist. Not in that series. Never again. No matter how many books the series produces. For each new entry, you’re just gonna have to dig deep, be creative and come up with some - Oh, I don’t know Plot, Storyline and Character development that you haven’t tortured to death already.
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djambruso | Hi ha 8 ressenyes més | Feb 23, 2024 |
First let me clear up a few misleading things about the above 'official' summary: 1) Trance is 10 when she loses her powers. And 2) she is not that skilled, she is not a member of the Ranger Corps--she's a kid who is in training. Now then let's move on.

There's been a rise in superhero fiction over the last couple of years and I've enjoyed a lot of it. From Carrie Vaugn's thoughtful look at what happens when the world leaves you behind in AFTER THE GOLDEN AGE to Jennifer Estep's romantic comedies the 'Big Time' books or AJ Menden's 'Elite Hands of Justice' action romances and even more recently the 'Midnight Justice' books from Samhain Publishing--apparently superheroes are cool again. Which anyone who reads paranormal romances or urban fantasies knows that superheroes never really went out. Just instead of wearing skin tight costumes and running around with ridiculous sounding names they wore leather, boots and had snarky attitudes.

TRANCE is a book I've long had my eye on, but was wary to pick up. Meding's other urban fantasy series, Dreg City, doesn't really do much for me as a reader and that's been my whole experience with her writing. Look at that cover though! It stands out (even on my bookshelf) and begs to be read. I'm glad I gave in because from the very first chapter--when Teresa (aka Trance) is on the run with her classmates from a group of villains with overwhelming superiority--I was hooked.

I grew up on comic books that had heroes, and villains, becoming progressively darker until sometimes you couldn't tell the good guys from the bad guys (DC's Identity Crisis anyone?) and that's what the comic publishers thought the readers wanted. And I like that. As much as I like my Barry Allen squeaky-clean Silver Age comics, I'm a cynical, sarcastic, pessimistic person who doesn't believe that the good guys always win. TRANCE delivers me the perfect blend of both.

Teresa wants more to her life. She wants meaning, she wants acceptance, she wants answers as to why things happened. Even when she gets all (or most) of those answers, and she doesn't like them, she accepts them. She moves on. She doesn't let herself dwell on the dreams she had crashing down around her. She was pretty pathetic starting out, but she matured so much in this book. She became the leader she never thought she could be.

Its disturbing to read the first chapter. And some of the preceding chapters. Meding doesn't pull punches--her bad guys are bad guys. Drape their intentions however you like, the fact is they are brutal. The book doesn't really offer any platitudes in that regard--the entire thing is kind of a 'suck it up cupcake' mantra. Suck it up and move past the fear and death. Suck it up and fight so it doesn't happen again. Suck it up because you are a hero.

There was a lot of wtf moments, though when Spectre is finally revealed that's the biggest. The person's motivations, justifications, entire thought process is just so...wrong feeling. Coupled with the other on-screen moments, it was enough to make my stomach turn. How does a person get to that point in their lives? When does the mass murder of hundreds of people to prevent the potential mass murder of hundreds of people equal out? Not just bad guys either--this person sought total genocide no matter what.

Who thinks like that?

But hey that's what makes a book great--that guttural reaction to a character's actions, no matter how unlikely to happen in real life as they are. So Kelly bring on book 2, CHANGELING, I'm ready for the challenge.
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lexilewords | Hi ha 16 ressenyes més | Dec 28, 2023 |
Just too damn boring...
Brian-B | Hi ha 3 ressenyes més | Nov 30, 2022 |


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