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16 June 2012 @ 11:32 am
minor dork post  
Hazards of reading while being me: girl in novel with red hair dresses up in a policewoman's outfit; I start giggling and going, "Like Amy Pond!" Narrator of book (she's American, in an English boarding school) goes, "so...you're a hot police officer/stripper?" (I wonder, "why would you assume she was a stripper, as opposed to "sexy police officer"? There are lots of Halloween costumes that are just "sexy" versions of professional outfits; that's an established thing.") Redhead huffs, "I'm Amy Pond." I immediately start having warm feelings for the snotty prefect girl I'm not supposed to like, and plotting out scenarios where it turns out she's not actually that bad, just under a lot of pressure from her family to get into Cambridge. Also, I continue giggling and saying things like "Glorious Pond!" while generally being relieved that I picked up on an intended reference rather than making one up out of very thin cloth. Which I have been known to do.
Constant Readerskirmish_of_wit on June 16th, 2012 06:28 pm (UTC)
Ahaha I immediately knew which book you're reading because I did the exact same thing!
tempestsarekind: amy and her boystempestsarekind on June 17th, 2012 12:48 am (UTC)
Yay! That makes me happy.

Now I want a sequel where they turn out to be friends: there's so much space spent on this character, and she's not important to the narrative, really. Maybe it's a setup for the second book! ...Or maybe I'm just being swayed by the power of Pond. :)
ramblin' girlbarefoottomboy on June 17th, 2012 03:13 pm (UTC)
Aw, The Name of the Star! Maureen Johnson can be a bit hit-and-miss for me, but I liked that one.

And I suspect it's that moment that made a reviewer compare TNotS to Dr Who, because I don't really see similarities in the rest of the book.
tempestsarekind: eleven and amytempestsarekind on June 17th, 2012 05:28 pm (UTC)
This is the first Maureen Johnson book I've read - of course, leave it to me to pick the one with supernatural elements!

That is...a very weird comparison. Doctor Who doesn't even really do ghosts. You could maybe compare it to Torchwood, for the whole "secret police dealing with supernatural stuff" aspect, but DW really doesn't fit!
ramblin' girl: wrapped up in booksbarefoottomboy on June 17th, 2012 06:51 pm (UTC)
She has one with demons (Devilish), which I quite liked, but yes, she mostly writes modern-day realism.
The thing that puts me off some of her books is that they have a tendency to just... stop, rather than having rounded-off endings. Not that she leaves important plot points hanging, but the way the stories are paced you're left expecting more to happen. But TNotS feels nicely complete, while leaving room for a sequel.

I know, right? I was thinking that maybe UNIT would be the closest comparison (in terms of the police force being part of the set-up), but DW really isn't a good fit.
tempestsarekind: books and flowerstempestsarekind on June 17th, 2012 08:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, I can see why that would be frustrating! I'll be on my guard if I read any of her other books.