Which is another way of saying, “I agree.”
I agree, after some reflection, with a Goodreads commentor who said of Marisha Pessl’s novel that at times the characters said things which were just not believable for high school students, no matter how erudite, to say.
I think they also did things at times which were less than believable, but mostly it was their speech. The smartest kids I knew in high school, when out of school and among friends, talked more or less like high school students. Maybe an SAT word or two crept into our sentences, but mostly, we were, like, you know, average kids.
I’ve really gotten into Simmon’s novel, The Terror. I’m about 160 pages into it already, which is pretty far for me in this short amount of time. So far I find it fast paced (despite warnings from goodreads commentors that it slows down, I haven’t seen that yet) and exciting. The dialogue and adventure part reminds me of the best parts of Patrick O’Brien’s work – though I eventually gave up on that series because I wanted to read sea-adventure, not victorian love triangles that take place while on shore leave. Give me more cannon fire and booty, more storms and reefs, man! Anyway, The Terror, surprisingly, does that. Even though they’re ice-locked in the Arctic. The descriptions are awesome and the characters, so far, are genuine and believable. The total atmosphere altering effect the presence of the native american woman has on the men is great! The ice demon thing, so far, is great. Now, here’s to hoping he doesn’t reveal too much about it. Ever. I hate monster stories that tell you everything about the monster. Leave some mystery in it. Please. My imagination will run wild, I promise. And it’ll be scarier. Here’s to hoping.