SPOILER ALERT: Don't read unless you have read "A Discovery of Witches" in its entirety.
Just finished. And I don't know how to feel about that. Oh right...I *do* know how to feel about that. Like this:
WTF???? The book ends and they STILL haven't done the deed? I'm sorry but that is just stone, cold MEAN Deborah. Now really. I'm assuming it's because a) Diana will become preggars on contact and b) It worked for Stephenie - why not Deborah?! Only it didn't work for Deborah any better than it worked for Stephenie...because I am annoyed. And I think I could have dealt with it if there had been SOMETHING toward the end of the book. But there was not, oh no...because we were STUCK in that pain-in-the-ass dwelling with five million house guests who wouldn't leave! The fact that Matthew and Diana had to sneak out to the apple tree (which was, admittedly, pretty hot) was just a little too 9th grade for me to handle.
I loved the relationship between Marcus and Em and I shed a tear or two while reading about the nice things they did for each other. (How cute were the cranberries?!) I finally embraced Sarah because she finally embraced Matthew...but she was on shaky ground for quite a long time. And if girlfriend gets uppity again, I may have to go back to wanting to give her a crack in the fictitious keester.
Diana was way cooler earlier on in the book. Toward the end she was a little too Bella for my taste. She just sat around while Matthew made her tea and rubbed her feet. And that became a little old as well. "Um, Hi, Matthew? It's Carol. Listen buddy...between your no-sex sex and your constant Diana ministrations, you're kindof turning into - how shall I say this? Oh yeah, a BIG, FAT WUSS!!!!!!!! OK got my point? Great. Love ya! Mean it!"
Still love Granny and all the wiseacre ghosts...they made the Madison house bearable. Nathaniel did NOT. God he was a pain in the ass. So was Sophie but she was nice, at least.
The scene where Matthew almost died so Diana fed him and then almost died so then _________ (fill in the blanks because I'm still not sure what they did to revive her; blood transfusion??) seemed kindof there for show...and I felt like it wasn't worthy of other parts of the book.
And Marion? Or whatshername? (Why can't I remember her name??) Can somebody PLEASE tell me why they keep her around?? Is she related to ANYONE?? Matthew killed her husband? Or her husband was killed because of Matthew? Regardless...is she there because of Matthew's obligation to her dead ex? Because she is a pain in the ass. I tried to hard to like her - and she was amusing at times - but I felt like Marcus could have easily provided the information she gave on a consistent basis.
OK so overall - I really did like it...even though the sting of celibacy is still strong. But I'll get over it and remember all the good things like Ysabeau, Marthe and Hamish and their monstrous dwellings and even more monstrous attitudes. There were times I could not WAIT to read it. And I will read #2 in 2012. But I can only hope Deborah Harkness might actually read the reviews and critiques of amazing authors like Diana Gabaldon...and use them to do wonderful things with Book #2??