Saturday, February 19, 2011

Just Say No To Unicorns



I swear I wasn't trying to find another kooky book.

I was just minding my own business, perusing the Ellora's Cave site, when I saw a nice-looking book (well, okay, the cover has a woman with a black thong and a cat tattoo) that I thought looked appealing. Pussyfooting Around by Ashley Ladd. The blurb looked good....a cat is transformed into a human and has six months to earn her master's love. Cute idea, right?

Well, the story started out well enough. I liked it. It was heading for a good, solid 4-star review. And then...and then....

And then, at the critical climax of the story, when the cat/woman is hauled away by the evil INS agents, the hero decides to....

....visit a wack-o doctor who induces a past-life regression, where he talks to a unicorn.

Sigh.

I didn't see that one coming. At all. And the book pretty much took a nose-dive from there. Too bad.

Note to all romance/erotica writers: When in doubt, don't add a unicorn into your book to tie up the storyline. Just say no to unicorns. Seriously.


Making a pledge to only read books that do not have fantastical horned creatures for the rest of vacation week,
Penelope

8 comments:

heidenkind said...

I guess it could have been worse, right? I can't think of an example off the top of my head right now, though....

Penelope said...

No, you really can't. I was speechless. Totally not prepared for the preposterousness of a past-life regression/unicorn sighting. Holy crap.

Sullivan McPig said...

You should read A Brush of Darkness by Allison Pang. I'm sure you will like the unicorn in that book, he's not like any other unicorn I've encountered before.

Penelope said...

Hi Sullivan McPig!...I'm sure there are a lot of cool unicorn books out there. But adding it into an erotica in such a jarring fashion isn't such a good idea.

I'll take a look at A Brush of Darkness..thanks for the recommendation!

JenM said...

Wow. Just wow. I wonder how that got by the editor?

By the way, this review made me think of a really enjoyable self-published book in which a woman trying to escape a killer switches bodies with a cat. The book is called Cattitude by Edie Ramer. It was NOT erotica - just a really cute story with a sweet romance. The cat who ends up in the human's body continues to act like, well, a cat - mistress of the universe in short. It's especially good for cat lovers, but I'd recommend it to anyone.

Penelope said...

Hi Jen! Thanks for the rec...I will def. check out that book. I like cat-shifter books!

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

I just snorted coffee out my nose! This is only the second time in my entire life that's ever happened to me!

Penelope said...

Oh, Julia. Guess what I'm reading next! Pushing Her Boundaries! Can't wait....I can always count on you for a great, well-written story. With no unicorns..hee hee!