You know that feeling when you can tell a book really means well and is also fucking up so hard?
It’s not INaccurate to call this “50 Shades before 50 Shades.” Just with an extra heaping of (Anne) Rice.
We found it: the missing link between Anne Rice and Stephanie Meyer.
AKA Love Never Dies AKA “that Andrew Lloyd Webber musical not even his biggest apologists can forgive.”
Things I learned from this episode: the bad science that you can shrug off in a Crichton movie is so much more agonizing when you’re trapped on the page with it for CHAPTERS. Also, something something “identity politics.”
Okay y’all, who wants to talk about adolescent transmasculine misogyny?
This book cover became a minor meme, but I don’t think most people believed it was real–or that it was, in fact, a landmark work of queer sci-fi. And also eye-poppingly terrible.
Because this thing was way too bonkers and absurd not to get its own episode.
This is in the “hey, wanna get really discouraged about the state of the publishing industry” class of books.
Terry Pratchett is proof that even great authors can have very bad first novels. So take heart, internet.