Monday, January 21, 2019
You Can't Judge A Book By Its Table Of Contents.
It sat in my 'to be read' stack for a few months, then I pushed it to the top.
The first story was 'Meh'. The second also. And then it dropped in quality. Nothing rose above average, and in fact, a couple of the name authors appeared to have 'phoned-in' their contributions. Some were just completely ridiculous.
Disappointed? You bet.
Now I know taste has a great part to play in all of this. There can be a certain amount of subjectivity. (I know someone who told me it's all subjective, but that's not true. A good writer is a good writer, no matter whether it appeals to me or not.) Many of these stories, however, were full of plot holes, idiotic protagonists and convenient plot devices. They weren't as clever as they author thought, and at least two stories I worked out the ending in the first page or so.
There are times Goodreads can't be trusted, as family, friends and the authors themselves overvalue everything. This anthology had a stack of 4 and 5 star reviews. And then, right there in the middle was a one-star review, which pretty much detailed my own observations of the collection. I couldn't have written it better myself.
I've written along similar lines before, an again even further back. It seems I will regularly be disappointed by some offerings.
Sometimes I should judge a book by just its cover, not the TOC. Although, this time. I would have still purchased the book as the cover was fabulous.
Oh well, a quick dose of Jasper Fforde followed, and all was well with the writing world.
Posted by Steve Cameron at 7:12 PM
Labels: anthologies, Jasper Fforde, reading, Science Fiction, writing
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