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04 April 2010 @ 04:49 pm
Fever Dream ARC reactions  
I got back from my trip to Memphis on Thursday and I'm totally going to put up an entry about that sometime soon, because it was crazy and awesome. But first, I'm just sharing my dumb reactions to the Fever Dream ARC, as I've been sending them to kleenexwoman as I move slowly forward. I'm about a hundred pages in and, yes, there are spoilers and a lot of my own silly wibbling over Pendergast and D'Agosta. I also annotated and edited these some, because when I email her I tend to avoid capitals and punctuation.

Email 1:

I got Fever Dream today and I am about 50 pages in and oh my god what the fuck. OMG. It's actually making me antsy, I don't know, Pendergast is no longer the calming influence he once was. [Note: I used to reread the early Pendergast books to calm myself down when I was stressed because the dude could handle anything while being the hottest thing in the room.] :( Poor guy. It's so fucking ridiculous now. Also, man, fuck rich white people. WTF were you doing in Africa, seriously. Great white hunters my ass. Anyway. Oh, and he and Helen don't talk like they're married. Also, we meet up every month under the full moon because we met under the full moon, whaaaaaaaaaaaaaat, who does that? (No one except maybe big saps.) And I'm horrible, but when D'Agosta saw Pendergast handling his wife's ring "in a gesture so unconsciously tender D'Agosta felt himself pierced to the heart," I totally started imagining Pendergast and D'Agosta exchanging rings and it's just terrible. COMFORT HIM, VINCENT, PLEASE.

And oh god, Laura would never, ever let D'Agosta go unless she totally understood that there was a... thing... going on between Pendergast and D'Agosta. What the fuckkkkk.

Oh god these books are going to be the death of me.

Email 2:

OMG when Pendergast is all crazy and hunched over and then catches D'Agosta looking and tries to straighten himself out...

And oh Jesus, did they actually make another unsavory character gay? Wisley with his "boys," I mean. And is D'Agosta still naive enough not to get the innuendo? Oh wait... servants? Preston and Child, D'Agosta is not the only one confused by your innuendo.

Oh my god oh my god Pendergast is literally fucking insane in this, Jesus, it's actually freaking me out. This is so insane, I have to stop reading, gah. It's upsetting me. :(

Sorry I'm giving you the play by play here, I don't know, I just need to talk to someone ahhhhh.

Email 3:

Okay, so am I a bad person for wanting Pendergast to have had a thing with Helen's brother? I think I am.

Email 4:

Okay okay okay hold up, he and Helen only knew each other for THREE YEARS? That doesn't make it less tragical, I guess, but... dude. I don't know. I know Pendergast isn't normal, but his level of investment in a woman he was only with for three years is weird as hell. [Note: As kleenexwoman pointed out, Diogenes fucked him up but good when it comes to personal relationships.]

Email 5:

Okay, but it is WAY more tragical that his old house is now a parking garage. It fits right in with what I've seen of the South... I mean, it happens in the North too, but somehow it has this different air of pathos in the South.

Email 6:

Okay, totally getting the vibe that Helen used him for his Audubon connection. Also, there was an Audubon place in Memphis and I grabbed a pamphlet because there was a very tiny hummingbird in it.

I hope Yahoo groups emails together...

Email 7:

Oh god, I love how when Pendergast is being morose about how his wife had this big weird Audubon secret and used him for his Audubon connection, he totally goes and calls D'Agosta. "Hey, can I go back to New York, I'd like to see my girlfriend?" "Sorry, no." It's like, I know I can trust you, Vincent, you don't have any secrets from me.

Also Helen being more into the excitement than the helping people is... hurm. Kind of telegraphed at the beginning, but creepy. I don't know, I think it's something Pendergast walks a fine line with in his own character, but at the same time he's so damn self-righteous that it balances out the adrenaline junkie part of him and makes it seem less creepy. I don't know.

Also argh, why can't I have come from an old Southern family, why why why? :(

Email 8:

LOL at D'Agosta listening to "Just You and I" in the car while being annoyed with Pendergast:

Just you and I
We can entrust each other,
With you in my life,
With you in my life,
They'll never be another.

LOLing so hard. ANYWAY. Oh my god, Dr. D'Agosta the ornithologist. And then when he calls Pendergast he says, "Hello, it's Vinnie." !!! In order to be like, hey, guess what, your wife was a dead bird thief. Oopsies. Oh, Pendergast will need lots of comfort after that one.
 
 
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R is for Raygun: Green carnationkleenexwoman on April 5th, 2010 05:56 pm (UTC)
i'm mostly commenting on stuff you actually sent me to show off my new icon
awww yay your crazy e-mails :*

I used to reread the early Pendergast books to calm myself down when I was stressed because the dude could handle anything while being the hottest thing in the room.]
this just makes me want to hug you. but it's so true. I never realized how weirdly soothing it was to read about how Pendergast infallibly knew exactly what to do until I started with Fever Dream and he was all going crazy and it freaked me out.

Also, man, fuck rich white people.
thissss. I liked it better when I assumed they were going to be doing some kind of secret mission or Peace Corps shit.

Also, there was an Audubon place in Memphis and I grabbed a pamphlet because there was a very tiny hummingbird in it.
awwwwwwww tiny bird.

"Hey, can I go back to New York, I'd like to see my girlfriend?" "Sorry, no."
yes. this part made me lol so hard.
DrWorm: incitatusdrworm on April 12th, 2010 06:54 pm (UTC)
Re: i'm mostly commenting on stuff you actually sent me to show off my new icon
lol what is that icon, where did you find it, it is so amazing.
R is for Raygun: Green carnationkleenexwoman on April 12th, 2010 07:21 pm (UTC)
Re: i'm mostly commenting on stuff you actually sent me to show off my new icon
it is J.C. Leyendecker's Arrow Collar Man, I just shooped the tie and the flower. He used his boyfriend, Charles Beach, as the model.
bullwinkybullwinky on April 5th, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC)
I usually love it when a character is developed, and you learn things about their personal lives that help define that character. I hate this process with Pendergast. He is the only character I liked better as two-dimensional. I guess that is because the ways they have chosen to flesh him out all seem... wrong for what I understood of the character. Wheel of Darkness ruined pretty much the whole series for me.

Do you think this book is even worth reading? Or is it another Wheel of Darkness?
DrWorm: an honest mandrworm on April 12th, 2010 06:50 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm not entirely sold on Pendergast's character development. They're making him creepier and creepier, which I sort of... like, but don't like? I don't know, I like Pendergast having flaws and all, but it's verging on him having a serious moral grey area that can't be covered up any longer.

Anyway, this book is not as ridiculous as WoD (although I personally find that book to be hysterically funny) and it's not as traumatic as Cemetery Dance. Still, it's not an old school Pendergast novel. Helen is not what you'd probably expect, which I enjoyed--I also think their relationship is not all lovey-dovey perfection, which I also like. Still, I was not especially pleased with Pendergast's grief, since it took some odd turns. Also they seem to have literally thrown a major plot point overboard, which is disappointing.

But yeah, the book had some fun bits. I think it's worth reading if you still care about the series, but then I'm the sort of person who enjoys reading things I can then complain about.
bullwinkybullwinky on April 14th, 2010 08:15 pm (UTC)
I like reading to complain too, don't get me wrong, but I do that with books like Twilight or most things by Anne Rice. I actually had a little respect for the Pendergast series because they never gave in to "It's ACTUALLY a ghost that's doing it!", instead choosing to go for the "It's an amoral troll-man-baby!". They always backed up the absurdity with some attempt at not copping out. WoD is just so awful I couldn't find it funny while reading it. I've been reading through the series again though, so hopefully I'll be able to take your attitude and enjoy it for the hilarious piece of shit that it is.

Also yay! I'm glad you think it's worth reading. I usually agree with your opinions. I'll not let myself get too hopeful, but anything they do will be better than their last two novels.