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A Disaster of a plot
on April 3, 2012
I have read the Bone series twice, it is so good. So I got this Bone book, though without high expectations; I know it's not in the series, so there won't be as much excitement. I figure it will still be fun to read.
Well, it isn't. The art work is still gorgeous as always, given that Jeff Smith did it. But the storyline is a disaster. I know that you don't believe me as I say as. If I had read this comment before I read the book, I wouldn't believe this either. I mean, how could Jeff Smith come up with a bad plot? Look at the Bone series! Not possible!
But I examined the book carefully and found out why. The story isn't by Jeff. It's by another guy Tom; only the ark work is by Jeff.
I tried to finish this book 5 times and couldn't. The storyline is too boring! My son, age 13 and a Bone fan, warned me before I started that this book isn't good, but I thought he's just being a weird teenager.
At the end of the book, it is indicated that Jeff is collaborating with Tom on future coming Bone books too. Bad idea, Mr. Jeff! If you want to do a job right, you need to do it yourself. Or at least find competent help.
I can't believe Scholastic, a high quality publisher who does books like Harry Potter, is allowing Tall Tales to appear in the market. Well, I guess stuff happens.
But let me just say that the art work is superb, as always. The drawing is beautiful, and the coloring is amazing! But the plot! Such beautiful art should not be matched to such a boring plot!