A Reading of Molière (c. 1728) by Jean François de Troy [x]
Source: Rosie's Book Review Team
Oh, I wanted to love this book. It looked perfect. Mutants, science-fiction, post-apocalyptic setting… I’d seen great reviews, too. Unfortunately, The Dead Lands was a dud for me. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t hate it. I just didn’t feel anything for or towards it. It evoked no emotions. It never aroused my curiosity, never made me think.
It was technically a science fiction novel in part because it was based on a different planet, but it wasn’t really based on a different planet. Apart from the advanced weaponry and cryogenics, the worlds that are featured in this novel (mutants aside) are disturbingly mundane. There’s nothing in them that suggests an exotic location. None of the characters appealed to me. They’re not cardboard characters, exactly, but they’re so typical that with the mundane setting and other issues they were almost irritating.
However, and here’s the interesting thing, this would make a great movie. The more I read it, the more that occurred to me. All the little bits and bobs , the occasionally gruesome images and odd character tics, etc, are at best mildly interesting in the book. If it was a movie, though? Hah! It’d be freaking awesome! Filled with shoot-em-ups, last stands, and plenty of gore. You’d probably have to pay me to get me to read the second book in this series. But I’d be there on opening night in the theatre, saying “Shut up and take my money” to see this on the big screen.
My favorite part of the book was near the very end. The author killed off a character I was expecting to live. It was completely unexpected, so I’ll happily admit I did a little internal cheer. I love it when authors go against the grain and do something unexpected. Overall, The Dead Lands was an okay read. Morgan knows how to put a story together, but he needs to refine his writing a little bit. I know that lots of people think a lot more favorably of it than I do.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
[Non-book post ahead.]
The HVAC system at work is being cleaned for possibly the first time ever (a coworker of mine who has been here for more than 40 years can't remember the last time this was done). They started with my part of the building, and there's a noticeable difference already - the air smells fresher. I shudder to think of what we've all been breathing in on a daily basis up to this point.
Unfortunately, it also seems to have lowered my office temperature by a good bit. I've been freezing for the past two days, and no one has been able to fix the issue yet. I'm wrapped in a blanket, I've broken out the tiny space heater that I'm not technically supposed to have, and I'm about to put on some fingerless gloves. I think there may be several coffee breaks in my near future.