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More recently, I have been working my way through FPW's collaborative novels and novellas, with varying degrees of enjoyment. I very much enjoyed FIX, a Repairman Jack long novella co-written with JA Konrath (with whose work I was already familiar) and Ann Peterson (new to me), and laughed all the way through DRACULAS, coauthored with Konrath, Blake Crouch (who after this, became another fave), and J Strand. On the other hand, I did not very much like another RJ short story, INFERNAL NIGHT, co-authored with Heather Graham, and in my review of the stand alone novel, THE PROTEUS CURE, co-written with Tracy Carbone I wrote, "I prefer my FP Wilson straight".
DEFINITELY NOT KANSAS is the first of a NOCTURNIA trilogy written by FPW and Thomas Monteleone. Most of it takes place in a parallel earth (Nocturnia) that is literally the stuff of nightmares and horror tales. It is populated by tools, vampires, mummies,werewolves etc., and humans are bred to be slaves or bothered for meat or worse. The protagonists are a precocious 11 year old boy and his 13 year old sister who are unknowingly transported to Nocturnia while searching for their older teen-aged brother by some sort of mysterious collaboration between an Earthly mad scientist and his Nocturne counterpart. The collaboration between FPW and Monteleone is seamless, and although it clearly contains elements of FPW, it does not read like an FPW novel, although the collaboration is clearly more successful that was the case with PROTEUS or INFERNAL NIGHT, for example..
As the first of a trilogy, there is much left unexplained, as is natural. What came as a surprise to me was the level at which the story is pitched. After seeing it advertised by FPW many times over the last 3 or 4 years as a YA novel suitable for adults, I imagined the JACK:YOUNG ADULT SERIES that indeed was a YA series that was very enjoyable for YA like myself who are in their 7th decade of life. But DEFINITELY NOT KANSAS is NOT a YA novel, at least the way I understand the term. It is a children's book, written for kids roughly between 9 and 14. The plot is very simple (although still filled with mysterious goings-on, betrayal, heroes and villains etc.) and the writing and vocabulary appropriate for the age range given above. This is in contrast to the JACK:YOUNG ADULT SERIES, other YA novels and series (e.g., TWILIGHT) that are written with an older audience in mind. Overall, for an adult, I thought it was just OK. If I were 11 or 12 years old, I might rate it higher. All that being said, I am still curious to see where this is going and will be reading the rest of the series. I just thought the veteran FPW reader ought to know what he is in for.
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The book is a fun read introducing Nocturnia and setting up the next books but I'll wait until the next book...Read more