Faster than you can say SET-UP

MC’s girlfriend is DULL. She does all her shopping in Knightsbridge. She is being set-up so that MC can find a more exciting life. After decades of reading novels, self is pretty familiar with every single narrative ‘tell’ in a book. And it’s really disappointing coming from Gaiman.

Listen, you aspiring writers out there: you do not need to set up a girlfriend/straw woman just because your MC is going to go in search of adventure, with a capital A. That is the most tired, cliché trope ever.

MC’s girlfriend provides him with uplifting reading: Dress for Success.

The deck, in other words, is stacked.

Not funny. Self was counting on spending at least a few days with this book.

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