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The Review Post: Five Reviews in One

June 21, 2011

I’m making a conscientious decision to have a review posted every day. Yet, there are some books that I don’t feel like writing a whole post for and so, without further ado:

Review: Elmore Leonard is famously known as a crime writer with a penchant for dialogue, here he writes his first novel for children. It’s set in Hollywood and involves a coyote. The basic plot is that, one day, the coyote (Antwan) enters a house with a famous movie dog and a pampered, show cat. The dog wants to swap places with Antwan and so, Antwan lives as a domesticated pet.

It’s an entertaining and decent attempt at writing for children; Leonard injects the characters and situations with his brand of quick witted dialogue. However, the characterisation of the animals veered to far into being anthropomorphic. While it is difficult to write from an animals’ perspective let alone write dialogue, did all the coyotes have to have “urban” voices? In the end, I had some misgivings but I felt that there was some positives but stick with the crime writing Leonard.

Review: I read Byzantium Endures by Michael Moorcock last year and thought it was stunning; it surprises me that Moorcock isn’t widely read outside the fantasy crowd. I bought Behold the Man (number 22 of the SFMasterworks collection) which is about a man, Karl Glogauer, who travels back in time to Palestine 29AD. There he meets a man named Jesus Christ but he’s mentally handicapped and so Glogauer decides to act as the Jesus Christ depicted in the Bible. At the end of the novel he’s crucified. This is certainly an interesting and thought-provoking novel about one man’s psychological make-up and as a discussion on the difference between Jesus the man and Jesus the legend. However, I felt the writing was cold and the flashback structure didn’t work for me. Good but not great.

Review: The Uninvited by Geling Yan was the worst book of 2009 I read. That says it all really. I can’t really be bothered reviewing it.

Review: Wizard and Glass is the fourth book in The Dark Tower series and it’s one of the worst. It starts decently enough with the conclusion of the BLAINE THE MONO scene but then dissolves into a 600+ flashback which is just dull and ruins the stories momentum. I know that some people would disagree but it really didn’t work, and also Stephen King cannot write romance.

Review: The fifth book, Wolves of the Calla, is better than the forth but only just. It’s far too long and it needs an editor with comical sized scissors to cut it up. A retelling of The Magnificent Seven, a re-telling of Seven Samurai and that’s it really, well, there is another story but the majority is dealt with the gang planning to protect a village from some wolves. This lasts about 700 pages filled with mostly banal situations and a whole lot of draaaagggginnnngg stuff out.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 22, 2011 11:02 am

    I have a copy of The Uninvited on my shelf. I am almost tempted to try it now, just to see how bad it can really be 🙂

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