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Arrested for murder Jim is sure he saw Tee Jay's corrupt uncle Umber at the scene It transpire. I got into this because I d heard some good things about Masterson and because the later books just look so freaking cool Since I don t like to read out of order here I am I have to say that I largely liked this book and I ll keep on with the series but there s one element that put a HUGE bad taste in my mouth Here are le spoilersview spoilerDuring the course of the book our hero Jim is introduced to goofer dust which has the ability to alter someone s memories He s told by the bad guy to use this on someone in order to keep one of his students out of jail which he does Jim does test it out on himself and gives himself a false memory that he s dating Susan a hot fellow teacher at his schoolSee Jim has the serious hots for her It s somewhat reciprocated but at this point in time the relationship is very much in its early stages and the two are doing that circling around each other dance that couples tend to do when they first start out Susan is somewhat put off when Jim suddenly starts acting like they were dating but isn t entirely put off by it so it s not like he burned his bridge there It just means that he d have to work a little harder at building up her trust againHowever at the end of the book after the bad guy was defeated Jim decides that putting time into a relationship is for simps and blows goofer dust in her face after which point he tells her that the two of them are dating and that they re falling in love Yeah What makes this pretty awful is that it was fairly likely that the two of them would have hooked up except that Jim took any free will away Maybe this was done to show how he was corrupted by the Big Bad but it still leaves an incredibly bad taste in my mouth See the thing about goofer dust is that it takes away any choice you have in the matter Susan liked Jim already so some may say that she wouldn t have stayed with him if she hadn t liked him but that s not really the point The point is that the book establishes that goofer dust is POWERFUL and even if the relationship would have happened it s still a violation of her free will to take this short cut It s kind of like when someone is ready and willing to sleep with someone but their partner decides to drug them or get them overly inebriated because they want to make sure that it ll happen The potential for consent does not mean that you get to take away their freedom to walk away This is her memories that Jim was fucking with after all From that point on you kind of have to wonder if the relationship really would have happened and unfolded like this It seemed likely but it could have been that one or both of them would have decided that the relationship wasn t for them partway through What makes this worse is that the next book somewhat opens up with Jim admitting that the two of them essentially want and like different things something he may have discovered if he d courted her the traditional way The book then goes on to say that there were several things she loved about him but it s like does she like those because she genuinely likes you or is this still the goofer dust acting out Plus you have to wonder what she d do ifwhen she finds out that he spiked her with goofer dust I m hoping that this will be a plot point because if it is then it d be a good one since heroes tend to not be corrupted as easily at least not in this way Sometimes you ll see it in books like the first book in the Covenant of Thomas Covenant where our hero straight up raped a woman in the first book but generally speaking it s usually avoided unless the book is going to be exceedingly dark or that type of book both of things are trends that Stephen Donaldson tends to put in his book I ve read maybe 3 4 of his stuff and he likes to go for shock darkness and bleakness not that this is necessarily a bad thing Despite the dark tones in this book I never really got the idea that Jim was ever that type of guy which makes his actions at the end of the book that much appalling hide spoiler
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S that Umber used a voodoo out of body techniue so Jim uses the same techniue to challenge Umb. This is the first in the Rook series and as always this is horror at its bestBack Cover BlurbAs a child Jim Rook nearly died of pneumonia and as a result of this near death experinence he acuired the ability to see ghosts and other spirits He has always found his talent disturbing though and makes no attempt to use itBut when one of his high school students is arrested for murder he is forced to act He is convinced he saw Tee Jay s uncle at the scene of the murder even though he appears to have a watertight alibi It turns out that Uncle Umber has been using an out of body techniue known as The Smoke in order to kill people and commit other crimes and so Jim is forced to use the same techniue in order to challenge Umber
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Jim Rook a remedial teacher is able to see ghosts and other spirits When one of his pupils is.