After the first book, I feel like this one was a big improvement. A lot of my issues with Fallen were addressed to some degree in Torment, though not necessarily in the way that I might’ve liked.
I was afraid that the books after Gin retires from being an assassin might take on a more everyday-woman tone with just a splash of violence, but I shouldn’t have worried. Venom continues the series in gory wonderfulness as Gin continues to become a vigilante who takes care of her friends and other people she comes across, taking out the bad guys that everyone else is afraid to touch.
One of the things I really enjoy about this series is the world-building (or should I call it city-building?) that Estep has done. There’s a well laid out power structure in Ashland that was set up in the previous book, but that really starts to become more important in this one.
Months back, I really enjoyed reading Estep’s Mythos Academy series. I liked her writing and the way she built her characters, which for me is an important aspect for a series. I generally like the characters enough to want to see more of them, rather than being more interested in the plot or anything else.
Title: Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America Author: Robert Whitaker Narrator: Ken Kliban Publication Year: 2010 Pages: 416 (audio length: 14 hours) Genre: Non-Fiction, Narrative Non-Fiction Source: Audiobook version purchased from Audible.com From the cover: In this astonishing and startling book, award-winning science and history writer Robert Whitaker investigates a medical mystery: Why has the number of disabled mentally ill in the United States tripled over the past two decades? Every day, 1,100 adults and children are added to the government disability rolls because they have become newly disabled by mental illness, with this epidemic spreading most rapidly among our nation’s children. What is going on? Anatomy of an Epidemic challenges readers to think through that question themselves. First, Whitaker investigates what is known today about the biological causes of mental disorders. Do psychiatric medications fix “chemical imbalances” in the brain, or do they, in fact, create them? Researchers spent decades studying that question, and by the late 1980s, they had their answer. Readers will be startled — and dismayed — to discover what was reported in the scientific journals. I have some seriously mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, I feel…