Sunday, September 28, 2008

Handeland, Lori (Any Given Doomsday)

[An Early Reviewer copy from LibraryThing. Thanks LT!]

Never trust Amazon reviewers. They rated this book so highly (almost as high as Harry Potter Book whatever and Alice Munro's short story collections), I figured I was in for a treat. Pulp, but well-written pulp, and with a nice story and plot to boot.

I'd like to burn this book. And burn every copy of it I can lay my hands on. Which is saying a lot, coming from a librarian. This is the worst kind of schlocky, pseudo-sci-fi, pander-to-middle-America writing. You name it, it has it-- the assumption that you, the reader, are of the Judeo-Christian ilk, gratuitous sex scenes (every one of the 6 of them), redundant yet incoherent descriptive passages, and the protagonist is the only one with any character development. Everyone else gets short, short shrift. (Who needs it? They're only there for the sex.)

There is one good line in this book. One. If you've been unfortunate enough to read it, comment and we'll see if we agree.


Laurie said...

Great review of a god-awful book! I really enjoyed reading your review- it made me chuckle and nod in agreement at the same time. Now I'm all curious and I'm going to have to go look for the one good line in the book. If you don't mind, I'd like to link to your review once I get mine up on my blog (it's already up on LT, under username lahochstetler.)

Kat said...

I'm glad you enjoyed it! Writing bad reviews is a lot more fun than writing good reviews.

Feel free to link to my review at any point.