Date: 2009-03-16 10:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Saw the twist coming - though the red herrings were a little unfair, and stretch the 'Jedi Truth' - Mrs Whitney constantly refers to the killer as a singular person, and says the victim is next to 'him' - while it's possible to bend that into the events of the story, it takes a lot more bending than it really ought to for fairness' sake.

Date: 2009-03-16 12:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well, looks like the boy's the one doing the actual killing, what with the rock-throwing and all. The girl is mostly an accomplice.

Date: 2009-03-16 12:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That doesn't really help - it only slightly unbends the singular killer point (even if we assume she never delivers the killing stroke in any case but this one, she's still an active part of the murders), but makes 'the victim is sitting next to him' even worse - the victim was sitting next to the girl - HE was sitting behind the victim. A proper red herring should be either a complete lie, or else require only looking at the problem from a different perspective - this neither. It's presented as a true description of what's going on, but that only works if you seriously deform the meanings of the words used.

Date: 2009-03-16 07:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
They may have been banking on the fact that psychics of that sort are often very vague and difficult to interpret.

A point which played into a recent Criminal Minds, if memory serves me right.

Date: 2009-03-16 02:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, I was thinking that too.

Date: 2009-03-16 11:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The twist is pretty easy to spot, but the psychic thing is...kinda weird. They didn't explain much there.

Date: 2009-03-16 11:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Not so much explain as explain in the right order. Twist usually comes at the end of the story, establishing someone as a psychic or vampire or whatever comes at the beginning. Just throw in a line there about it.

Date: 2009-03-16 12:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I dunno, I think the narration is pretty clearly from the POV of a psychic helping the investigation. (Part of why I find the red herrings unfair - there's no reason for her to be doing that.)

Date: 2009-03-16 01:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Tony Stark stopped picking up hitchhikers after that.

Date: 2009-03-16 02:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Interesting...but why do you have it tagged for Wrightson? This is Infantino.

Date: 2009-03-16 02:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Infantino & Wrightson - credits are on the bottom of the first page.

Date: 2009-03-16 03:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Now there's a combination I wasn't expecting.

Date: 2009-03-16 02:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank God the streets are once more safe for pedophiliac date rapists.

Also, a teenage girl and her kid brother... hunting adult men... whose murder weapon is a rock. I see no one in the county has learned the time-honored defense mechanism of "hold him at bay with a hand on his head while they swing wildly but don't have the reach to connect with you."

Date: 2009-03-16 03:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank God the streets are once more safe for pedophiliac date rapists.

Yeah, I didn't have much sympathy for the almost-victim, either.

Date: 2009-03-16 04:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Eeeh... Pedophilic? The girl may or may not be legal (though she looks to be), but she sure as heck ain't pre-adolescent.

The guy's a sleazebag for trying to force himself on her, and deserves jail himself, but a child molester he isn't.

Date: 2009-03-16 04:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well, he's some degree of creep, given how he makes such a deal of her being 16.

Date: 2009-03-16 07:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, he's definitely a creep of major proportions, but since he's going after a girl with a full set of secondary sexual characteristics (and how!), his creepiness doesn't include pedophilia - depending on which state, if she'd consented, he wouldn't even have to worry about statutory rape charges. As it is, if she wasn't a murderess, he could potentially be facing charges of forcible rape, so that latter's a distinction with little difference right now, though.

It's just one of my personal pet peeves to extend the definition of 'pedophilia' up into the late teens.

Date: 2009-03-16 08:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well, there's something to be said for generalized usage. You call someone an ephebophile, maybe 2 out of 5 people understand, you call someone a pedo, everyone understands you mean someone who has sex with people under the age of consent. Anything beyond that seems like splitting hairs.

Date: 2009-03-16 11:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's the 'you're the exact same age as my daughter!' that is the skeevy cherry on top.

Date: 2009-03-17 02:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
So wait - do ALL those weighed-down bodies belong to creepy guys who troll the back roads looking for teenage poontang? I mean, just how many of them ARE there in that neck of the woods? Is this place sleazebag central, or what?


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