Rosemary and Rue (An October Daye Novel) by Seanan McGuire
I wasn’t going to review this. I just reviewed a book about fairies that I hated, but here I am, 90% through the book, and it has pissed me off enough that I’m going to write a bitchy review. Even better/worse than that, I’m going to half-ass the shit out of it.
This is an urban fantasy/detective hybrid, and the heroine, October Daye, is a changeling, which means that she is half fae and half human. She’s a private detective.
The backstory is that she was tailing some dude and he ended up turning her into a fish, and she was stuck as a fish in a koi pond in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco for fourteen years. Then she stopped being a fish and now she’s sort of back to being a private detective, but she’s all reluctant and confused about it. Okay, whatever.
Here’s what bothered me: the whole thing is super info-dumpy. It’s the first in the series, so I’ll tolerate this, to a point. I know it’s the first in the series, so we have to set the scene. There’s better ways to do it, and it doesn’t have to be clumsy, but okay, whatever.
On top of the info landfill, we’ve got October Daye spitting out lines that sound like they come from an old radio serial starring a hard-boiled detective, except they make no sense. Take this:
One way or another, I was going to have to trust somebody, and when it comes to finding somebody you can trust with someone nobody can know exists, you always turn to the ones you hate.
Oh, okay. Whatever.
And then on top of being incomprehensible half the time, October refuses help from super powerful fae people who love her (for some reason) just because … she’s stubborn? She doesn’t want it? Take this, for example. This is the last example out of many, but this is the straw that pissed the fuck out of the camel and made her go write a bitchy review on her blog:
“Tell [super powerful king] I’m going Home,” I said. “I’ll try not to die before I get there.”
“Wait for him,” Lily said. “you don’t have to do this alone.”
“Time is too short, and the stakes are too high.”
The stakes are too high? THE STAKES ARE TOO FUCKING HIGH? The stakes are so jacked-up that you’ll refuse the help of a super powerful king just because THE STAKES ARE TOO DAMN HIGH?