I did the strangest thing yesterday. I put down a book by a bestselling author and picked up one by a little-known blogging acquaintance. It was a book about which I had been uber-excited. I had even pre-ordered the thing and gone to the book-signing (gave myself away on that one, didn't I?). But twenty-two chapters in I found myself wondering, Why am I supposed to care about these people? What is the grander mystery I am trying to untangle? Without anger, without frustration, I set it aside and grabbed a book that had been taunting me for months.
Dot.Dead is supposed to be my March Thriller&Suspense Challenge book. But I am several chapters in and I don't think I'll be putting it down any time soon. The narrator is sympathetic but not weak. The action starts at sentence one. The setting is intriguing (Silicon Valley). The murder is just different enough to be interesting but not impossible (maid killed in employer's house). Strange characteristics, small clue and untold secrets are already lurking. People, check out this book!
And in case you didn't notice in my guest blogger news section, the author, Keith Raffel, will be stopping by in March to talk about his latest book, Smasher. I think I'll order that one and make it my March challenge book.
I will, of course, finish The Swan Thieves. I'll even finish it this month--it is a challenge after all! The book is beautifully written and I am intrigued by the storyline. I'm just not enthralled like I was with The Historian, and I think it is that comparison that has me so disappointed. Of course, I'm only twenty-two chapters in and the book is a doorstop. I will share more when I finish!
Have you ever picked up a favorite author's work and been disappointed? Have you ever picked up a new-to-you author's work and been excitedly surprised? Please share!