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Annoying characters make for a painful read
on December 26, 2007
The writing is fine: quite simple yes, but not worthy of a single star in itself. What I really despise is the stupid characters, their stupid situations and their repetition of the same stupid mistakes. For instance, at the end of the book, by which time Alex Jones should have a firm grasp of the Hoka's potential for imaginative shenanigans. (Note: by "imaginative" I do not mean to imply the plot lines are imaginative; they're thinly reshaped stories from, surprise surprise!, 19th and 20th century Earth) He, plenipotentiary Jones, knows the Hokas, knows their propensity toward rampant imagination, hijinks and antics, and yet still mis-speaks, gets pulled along by, caught up with and thoroughly flummoxed by the Hokas. Hilarity does not ensue. Rather, Alex bumbling into a solution, the Hokas triumphing and me pulling out my hair and regretting the purchase do.
I did love the cover, but that was the highpoint. Threw it straight in the bin upon completion, hopefully preventing others from wasting their time.