The Beginning of Infinity: David Deutsch

There’s no doubt Deutsch is one smart Fig Newton and has clearly thought deeply about very important concepts.

God forbid this was just the “beginning” of his though process; it didn’t go on forever; it just seemed like it.

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The Disappeared: CJ Box

I ended up reading this one when I was looking for the Joe Pike series on my e-reader and wound up with Joe Pickett instead. Some thoughts:

— it’s quicker to read than a Wyoming spring snowstorm
— it has more loose ends than a well-used, hand-made, Elk Hair Caddis trout fly made by an eleven-year-old boy with ADD
— there are so many plot holes that you’d be hard pressed to use it to net a twelve-inch Cut Throat trout without it falling through
— I’d suggest waiting for the movie, but I suspect this one would go straight to audio (not even HBO).

I should have been patient and found the Joe Pike.

American Spy: Lauren Wilkinson

Another debut novel.

There is a good book buried in here. Somewhere.

I couldn’t find it. However, you might.

I couldn’t get through and past the bizarre 1st person narrative voice, variously addressed to one of her twin sons — it’s not often clear which, and she repeatedly, confusingly, keeps referring to people through their relationship to her sons when we aren’t clear what those are — who aren’t even present for most of the novel.

The time jumps are confusing.

I guessed the plot just halfway through.

As I said, I couldn’t find enough good to outweigh all that.

You might.

Dead Time: Matt Brolly

Workmanlike until the last 20% of the novel, when the quilt unravels and dumps loose threads all over the floor.

Paint-by-number, formulaic, like a modular home slapped together from a blueprint, rather than something organic that grew together and formed a lifelike whole. Unlike other UK series (like Ian Rankin’s Rebus) there is no real human connection in the story, not in family, friends, or work colleagues. It’s as if someone read about how real human feel and tried to copy it onto the page without understanding what that really meant.