Tyler Palewhite:Soft-Boiled Detective
on Nov. 17, 2011
I had a lot of trouble with this one. The story seemed rather thrown together and not all that well plotted out. There was no transition from section to section. One second the characters are in a bar talking then in the next sentence the main character is leaning over a cubicle wall at work? That makes it very confusing to set your mind’s eye to what’s going on in the story. I’m a very visual person so I like to imagine what everything looks like as the story goes on and that is very difficult to do with this book. Not to mention that the story itself is rather boring, I feel like I’ve read or seen this same story a hundred times.
This book is centered on a computer salesman that wishes desperately to become an author. He has written a book about a P.I. and when he realizes that no publishers want it, he decides to become a P.I. himself to help sell the book as if it’s based on actual stories from his job. (The thought that you can just jump into being a P.I. is a bit ridiculous, let alone the fact that he reads books about it and feels he knows what he’s doing? If he really did then he would know there’s licensing and actual detective work to do, and wouldn’t have ended up in the mess he was in.) Anyways, the story proceeds by him meeting a woman and trying to help her get her daughter back, when everything goes wrong.
I was glad this book was short and I really had to struggle through it. The ending didn’t really complete the story but left it off as if there should be another chapter.
on Dec. 09, 2011
This is a novella about a girl who suffers through a very dramatic event and comes out with amnesia. She is determined to find out who she is, where she comes from, and who her family is. She ends up finding out that she might not be who she thought she was and not everyone is honest with who they are.
This story combines science with straight up drama. I liked the concept, especially not really knowing who the main character actually is, plus trying to see if everyone around her is who they say they are. The story is good; it’s a nice quick read that keeps you interested up to the end.