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Morrison's Best Yet
Reviewed in the United States on October 28, 2013
Full disclosure: Mr Morrison doesn't know me from Adam, and I can only fantasize about getting advance copies of his books for review. Nope. I gotta wait like the rest of his fans and put hard cash on the table, so my written opinions of his work are an entirely spontaneous and unbiased exercise of my 1st Amendment rights.
I think Mr. Morrison really hit his stride with this one. His writing has matured over the course of the series. In particular, he's getting a handle on the dialogue, so the banter is more natural, and thus more fun.
Plotwise, there are some real stretches, but seriously-- it's a book about Nessie and the fountain of youth. One doesn't exactly go into something like that expecting a documentary! Dickens had plot holes, and everything Emily Dickinson ever wrote can be sung rather annoyingly to the tune of The Yellow Rose of Texas. So even the classics aren't perfect. Morrison writes tight, clean prose and he's a fun read who makes readers reluctant to walk away at the end of the story. He also gets kudos for going with one of the lesser known theories on one of the subjects he tackles. You'll have to read it to find out which subject and which theory.
I'm not a fan of spending long stretches in the antagonist's POV, but unfortunately that is the current fad in writing the genre, so we're all probably stuck with it for a while. This book is no exception. I tend to skip past a lot of it for two reasons. In most cases I prefer the company of the protagonist, and also, knowing every move the antagonist makes is like knowing about a surprise party in advance. I can pretend to be surprised when I walk into it with the protagonist, but really -- isn't it more fun to actually be surprised?
Hope he keeps this series going. I feel like it's just coming into its own, and is now ready to rock and roll.
My apologies to anyone who read this last night before I edited it. Typing on a capacitive screen in the middle of the night is pretty much the best way to appear illiterate.