October 26, 2005

Save your pennies dollars

I started the new Kay Scarpetta, Predator by Patricia Cornwell. It's very annoying. When someone such as myself (who has read every book in the series) cannot follow what's happening, it's hard to imagine anyone picking the book up cold being able to figure out who everyone is and what the heck they are doing. I'm not about to go spelunking for the last three or four books for refreshers on the 5 W's insofar as the characters are concerned. Authors who write series need to write the occasional "here's what happened before in case you've forgotten or have never read one of the series before" paragraphs. Folks who've just finished the last one can skip over those. Everyone else is hopelessly lost without them.

I think it's time I gave up on Cornwell.

Posted by Susie at October 26, 2005 10:49 AM | TrackBack

You are not alone in this, my friend says the same thing about the book.

Posted by: The Gray Tie at October 26, 2005 08:50 PM

On the other end of the spectrum, you have stories that recap WAY too much.

Any given reality TV show, for example.

Posted by: Harvey at October 27, 2005 08:46 AM

reality TV shows are garbage anyways.

except for Highlander, which was a documentary and filmed in real-time.


Posted by: Patriot Xeno at October 27, 2005 09:01 AM

Cornwell used to do that for earlier Scarpetta novels; I guess she just figured everybody was up to speed by now.

Posted by: Chris of Dangerous Logic at October 28, 2005 03:10 PM

*chops Patriot Xeno's head off*

There can be only ONE!

Posted by: Harvey at November 1, 2005 08:51 PM