Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Boy Detective Fails - Personal Review

The Boy Detective FailsThe Boy Detective Fails by Joe Meno
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

The truth is I did not finish this book in its entirety. I couldn't finish it. I probably never will (although I feel I should). I made it about 180 pages in and just couldn't bring myself to read anymore of it.

There is a point where, as a reader, I expect something from the author. Something called "substance", and this book just doesn't have it. What I found in Joe Meno's words was merely a poor attempt at being clever and metaphysical. The whimsy is tolerable at first, and then it just gets old. It's certainly an easy read, and it's not poorly written from a technical standpoint, it simply falls short in its execution.

In the end, Meno may have accomplished what he set out to do, and I may not be the proper demographic for this particular book. I'm not going to suggest you avoid reading it. It was actually suggested to me by quite a good friend of mine whose opinions I've always found to be quite on par with my own. Just not this time. I just wouldn't pick it up with the expectation that it's going to be brilliant.



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