Saturday, May 13, 2017

Strong Stuff

Finished The Fireman today. Sustained quality from start to finish. Great ending.

Joe Hill has got all the writerly virtues of his rather more famous father. And one of his vices, if vice it be. He creates characters you really care for, but he ladles on the bonding a bit thick in places. It's pleasant in its way, but a bit gooey and self-indulgent. Some tough editing would work wonders, methinks.

But I feel bad saying anything negative about an excellent, gripping read. Will be looking for more of his stuff before the year is out.

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