Wednesday, October 09, 2013

House of Mystery, Volume 2: Love Stories for Dead People by Matthew Sturges

House of Mystery, Vol. 2: Love Stories for Dead PeopleHouse of Mystery, Vol. 2: Love Stories for Dead People by Matthew Sturges

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This volume was a mix of emotions: "wow", "that's so sad", "I don't get it", and "not so much".  I do have to say that Love Stories for Dead People definitely canvasses the theme of this collection.  Love is so much more than a four letter word, with infinite potential to shape our lives for the best and worst.  This volume delves into that with a dark, twisted, and often gruesome collection of stories.

I loved the backstory on Ann, who was a pirate back in the day.  I am all for a kickbutt, take charge, dangerous woman, and that's definitely her. I can see how deeply she was hurt, and why love isn't something she focuses energy on.  And of course, I am a pirate theme lover.  As far as Miranda, once a waitress in the House and a part of the crew, what was that about??? I didn't get it!  The bits about Fig and an important person from her past were interesting. I can see that she has an ability that is going to play a huge role.  I didn't understand what Cress did to Simon, but I know it has something to do with her terrible luck with love. Simon reminds me of John Constantine so much, it isn't funny!  I loved the fact that Cress's doctor suitor looks exactly like Peter Cushing.  Anyone else pick up on that, I wonder?

I feel like I didn't understand a lot of what was going on.  The whole Cain/Abel thing and the nightmares that Harry had to battle. I could use some Cliff Notes for this book, but thankfully, I did find a Wiki, and I'll read some of that and hope I don't get too spoiled.

It's hard to give a good analysis of this book because I was feeling so lost for a lot of it. I saw a mix of nightmarish images with some events that had a little more clarity.  I think the best part of this book was getting more of a backstory on two of the main characters:  Ann and Cress, and finding out about Harry's earlier days in the House and his decision to make it into a bar. Oh and finding more about Fig's relationship with her father.

I hope I don't feel so lost in the next edition of this series.

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