Thursday, September 16, 2010

Undead and Uneasy


Betsy, Queen of the Undead, returns in this sixth installment of the humorous series that is a mix of fantasy, chic lit, and mystery.  I'd been wavering about whether or not to continue the series, because the last one or two seemed a little repetitive and lacking in direction, so I decided to try an audiobook instead.

I listened for an hour or so before I lost patience and clicked on a different book in my iPod queue.  But I came back, and after a while I did find myself becoming more interested in the story.  I wasn't sure if it was the narrator whose voice made Betsy sound whinier than usual and even more self involved, or if that was just the book.  The book starts out with her obsessing over her wedding plans to Sinclair, the vampire king.  As far as he's concerned, they're already married, but he is humoring her wedding obsession, more or less.

Betsy is so into her wedding and her own concerns that she doesn't realize that one by one, all her friends and companions are absenting themselves from her life, and it isn't until she is completely isolated that she begins to suspect what's going on.  Her fiance has disappeared; her best friend is extremely ill, in the hospital; the house, usually full of guests, many of them uninvited and unwanted, as far as Betsy is concerned, is empty; she argues with family members, alienating them from her.  And during this time Betsy is complaining, full of self-pity, and amazingly unmotivated to find out what is going on.

The whole thing seems very dragged out, and I think this would have made a much better short story or novella.  Don't get me wrong - it did have some very funny moments, which I enjoyed, and a few interesting new characters were introduced.  But I just never found myself anxious to get back to the action when I put the book down.  The mystery didn't turn out to be very interesting in the end, and it didn't seem as though anything or anyone had changed or grown by the end of the book.

I'm not sure if I'll continue with this series.  Does anyone out there continue to love these books?  Does the series have a purposeful direction?  Should I keep going?  I'd love to know what you think.

Davidson, MaryJanice - Queen Betsy series
1. Undead and Unwed
2. Undead and Unemployed
3. Undead and Unappreciated
4.
Undead and Unreturnable
5.
Undead and Unpopular

6.
Undead and Uneasy
7. Undead and Unworthy
8. Undead and Unwelcome

9. Undead and Unfinished 

Undead and Uneasy by MaryJanice Davidson; narrated by Nancy Wu (Recorded Books, 2007)

Source:  E-audiobook downloaded via my local public library

Also reviewed at:
 Best Fantasy Stories:  "I really wanted to like this book more but I just couldn’t get past the heroine’s tendency to plod along oblivious to the people and events around her."
My Love Affair with Books:  "Against all odds, I enjoyed this book. There were some genuinely funny moments. Though the book's brand of humour is not really meant for me , it was still more fun than the 5th."

7 comments:

  1. I haven't read the review but I want get back into this series :) Maybe I'll time between reading the Odyssey and The History of WWI!! Lol

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  2. Sounds like a little light reading like this series would be a welcome break! Although I love the Odyssey - way more than the Iliad, which has its moments but all the blah blah blah bloody warfare this and that gets a bit tedious after a while.

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  3. I love this whole series! Even though they have little actual plot and the characters are horrible! I definitely have to be in the right mood for them though. But I have to say, if you're looking for them to get better, they never really do, lol. They're all really similar, so you kind of love them all or hate them. In fact, I read the first seven or something before I sat down to review them on my blog, and then when the time came, I couldn't come up with enough stuff to say about them individually, so I just did a group review.

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  4. You know its funny you should talk about a series that you like but are now finding a little boring, I just read a book in one of my favorite series, The gaslight mystery's and it was very dull. I am hoping the next one is better, because I have liked the series so far.

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  5. This was one of the first books I reviewed and the last book I read in this series. I really do need to get caught up...

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  6. THis is a new to me series. I probably won't read it as I don't tend to 'get' the chic lit stories. They are supposed to be amusing, but I don't get them. My family say I don't have a sense of humour. Oh Well. i enjoyed reading your review. Thanks,

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  7. Rachel - That sounds like the perfect strategy for reviewing this series!

    VA Gal - I haven't read the Gaslight series - let's hope it gets better. You'll have to let me know. I just read one I think you'll like, but I haven't had a chance to review it yet. It's called The Strange Files of Fremont Jones - historical, a little romance, Gothic overtones, set in early 1900s San Francisco. Check it out!

    Ladytink - I'll be interested to hear what you think as you continue the series.

    Heather - Your sense of humor is probably just too sophisticated for their lowbrow sensibilities to comprehend. :-)

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