Glass Houses (Morganville Vampires) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Oct 2006
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Okay, so how do my thoughts now compare to how I felt about this book back then? I've changed a lot in the past few years, and I have to say that my feelings towards Glass Houses shocked me. I still feel exactly the same now as I did the first time I read it!
Sure, if you think about it too much then you'll find a lot of flaws. A lot. But it's a fun, light book and exactly what I needed to keep me out of a reading funk after I finished reading 1984.
Claire, the main character, is not a favourite of mine. Caine tries to go for the "innocent little girlie" hing that used to be oh-so-popular back in the day. We still see that a bit now, but I think the scales have tipped towards sassy and badass now. That being said, Claire does her best to help her friends, and she really cares for them, and that's an admirable trait to have.
I wasn't pleased with how quickly Claire accepts the existence of vampires. It was far too easy. There was no real struggle at all, and I think the book could have benefited from a bit more of that. Especially since there's a lot of talk about how intelligent Claire is, and how she's a woman of science. I expected more disbelief, and upon re-reading I still can't quite believe how fast she is to accept that Morganville is run by vampires.
As for the romance, yes, I am still shipping the OT3 that is Shane, Claire, and Michael. Claire has bundles of chemistry with both guys, and, for once, I actually like good guy Michael. Surprising, I know.
Overall I'm really glad I got the chance to re-read this, and I'm looking forward to getting back into this series and seeing where these characters go. I remember a couple of things in the next books about Shane's storyline, so that should be lots of fun! And I'll probably cry. I hope I don't take such a long break between books this time around, though!
What makes it more enjoyable than many others in the genre, especially those aimed at older readers, is the likeability of the central characters. Despite the remarks above, yes, an adult man can enjoy it too: it avoids the sometimes excessive gore, sex, and pretension of the more heavyweight books. Being a vampire book it's obviously gory, and has some slightly lustful moments, but there are also some rather charming romantic scenes, and all is balanced out by good humour and nicely clear-cut characters. You like the good guys and detest the bad guys: all is as it should be.
The only thing that irked me rather was that while it is fairly self-contained, the ending does pretty well require you to get the next book in the series if you want to find what's going on, which is a technique I find somewhat annoying. Obviously not a problem if you like the books, but irritating otherwise.
To sum up, don't expect Ann Rice, but do expect a comfortable, undemanding read.
I saw Book Nine and Ten (Ghost Town and Bite Club) on a special deal offer and decided to get both of them and give them a try. I am so glad that I did. They're the cause of my reading hobby (and of course, reading is not a bad thing in this generation)
Some people may say that I've missed out on a lot from starting at nine and missing all the other books. After reading up to where I am now (Book Thirteen, Bitter Blood) I've basically learnt about the whole storyline anyways due to the massive amount of content between them all.
The reason why I'm buying Book 1 and up is because I just want the complete series. I'm bound to read each and every book some day even if they're going to end up being read in the wrong order. So addicting!
Good things first;
- it contains supernatural beings.
- the end is much better than the rest of it.
- The writing isn't the best.
- I had to force myself to get to the end, just because I don't like leaving a book unfinished.
- The Characters - they are completely and utterly stupid, for example, the main protagonist is told NOT to leave the house because there's a dangerous man coming for her, and then in the next line, where is she? she's left the house because she's gone off in a hump. Then she wonders why she bumps into the dangerous man. WELL.
Other than that, if you like supernatural beings but don't care for some errors then go ahead! Enjoy! :)
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I like vampire books and this one has good characters and story
Can't wait to read the others