There was something I forgot/neglected to mention in my Strange Angels review that, upon second thoughts, shouldn’t just be put aside. I didn’t initially include it because I was afraid I’d misunderstood what I’d read.
Graves is part-Asian, and that was never a problem for me. Dru’s descriptions of him, however, made me a bit uncomfortable. I remember counting three different occasions, but this is one actually made me dog-ear the page (p183, Oz edition) for future reference: For an ethnic boy, he certainly got pretty white.
This morning I hit Google to see if anyone else noticed in the book what I’d noticed.
Jia of Dear Author did here: And speaking of reader biases, what was up with all the descriptions of Graves’s Asian features? I’d be lying if I said the reference to Graves being lucky that he hadn’t drawn the “really slit-eyed card a lot of half-breeds have to play” didn’t make me frown.
Jenn H. of Oops…Wrong Cookie did here: However, Dru’s constant references to his “half-blood” status and features are obnoxious and borderline racist. Do we really need to be constantly reminded of his half-Asian features and mathematical abilities? It is a horribly overdone cliché for an otherwise great character.
For the record, I’m a white Celtic-Australian, and have no issue with the author – she seems like a lovely lass. Dru, however…yeah, not my favourite person right now.