The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, by Claire North

Its funny in archetypical Western Literature as Jonas david expertly puts the hero impedes but the villain is goal oriented. In Eastern or Middle Eastern many oppsites are true. Think about Alif Layla or Tale of One Thousand and One Nights/Arabian Nights. Scheherazade is trying ti impede her death but at the same time both she and the sultan is discovering something. The stories are taking them both on a journey; they are both discovering things. That is very beautiful.

Jonas David

I just finished reading this, and though it was very clever, and a fresh idea and extremely well written with beautiful prose, identifiable characters and vivid emotions and exciting action, it was also incredibly irritating.

It is another iteration of the timeless story of the villain trying to accomplish something, and the hero trying to stop it. This may sound trivial to you–of course it should be that way, it is the villain’s job to do, and the hero’s job to impede–it is so ingrained in fiction that it’s hard to imagine any other formula. But I’m sick of it. I’m sick of rooting against the character trying to accomplish something, and cheering for the character trying to keep the status quo. It was even more irritating in the case of this book because the story was so good, so engaging, so interesting and exciting up till the turning point when…

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