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Old 04-14-13, 07:30 PM
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second book of the Honor Harrington series
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Interesting. Charlie Leduff is constantly on the news targeting local scams... he comes across like a used car salesmen himself. How is the book?
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Never heard of this author till last week when a friend lent it to me:

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^ I've read a few of Little's books -- decent entries in the horror genre.

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Interesting. Charlie Leduff is constantly on the news targeting local scams... he comes across like a used car salesmen himself. How is the book?
If you like LeDuff, you will like the book. I like LeDuff and loved the book. If you don't care for LeDuff, this book probably isn't for you.
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Just finished The Rook by Daniel O'Malley. It's a novel about a secret British government organization charged with clandestinely managing evil supernatural forces. This is hardly a unique idea. It contains a variety of common pop culture tropes derived from XMen/James Bond/Harry Potter/Heroes/Evil Dead. It's certainly an entertaining and fast read. Unfortunately, there are some issues. The plot is obvious and razor thin and the characterization are somewhat childish. The prose has two major problems. The first is that the author clumsily mixes slapstick humor and horror. This combination can work but is a very difficult balance to attain. This particular book is unsuccessful, you wind up just not knowing whether or not to take anything seriously which undercuts the dram of every situation. Even worse, the author feels the need to overexplain every aspect of the world with lengthy exposition/flashback segments. For some reason, he interjects these segments directly in the middle of unrelated action sequences. The constant interruptions suck any remaining narritive tension out of the novel. The author seems to be trying to show how clever he is. You can tell this is a first novel. Still, it's a fun beach read and a book you can finish in a couple of days.

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Just finished The Rook by Daniel O'Malley. It's a novel about a secret British government organization charged with clandestinely managing evil supernatural forces. This is hardly a unique idea. It contains a variety of common pop culture tropes derived from XMen/James Bond/Harry Potter/Heroes/Evil Dead. It's certainly an entertaining and fast read. Unfortunately, there are some issues. The plot is obvious and razor thin and the characterization are somewhat childish. The prose has two major problems. The first is that the author clumsily mixes slapstick humor and horror. This combination can work but is a very difficult balance to attain. This particular book is unsuccessful, you wind up just not knowing whether or not to take anything seriously which undercuts the dram of every situation. Even worse, the author feels the need to overexplain every aspect of the world with lengthy exposition/flashback segments. For some reason, he interjects these segments directly in the middle of unrelated action sequences. The constant interruptions suck any remaining narritive tension out of the novel. The author seems to be trying to show how clever he is. You can tell this is a first novel. Still, it's a fun beach read and a book you can finish in a couple of days.
I found it ok. Just to be sure this is the book where the organization is known as The Chequey, right? I did remember the 2nd half of the book went down the road of all plot and no characterization, which I hate. I've read worse books, guess it would be ok for one of those turn off your brain reads.

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