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It is so frustrating when books have no ending. It feels like a thinly veiled attempt to get more money. State plainly up front that the book has no ending. Still, I have read many books that are part of a series where each book could be a stand alone. I much prefer that to being left in the middle of a story. Even one or two small cliffhangers that tempt you to read the next book is fine. But to end in the middle of everything is just rude.
The story finally drops off a cliff and ends. Obviously there's going to be a follow-up story and as long as Amazon has it for less than a couple of bucks I'll probably read it just to see how it turns out. However, I can't help feeling that where the story has left off it could easily be neatly wrapped up with just another chapter or two.
I guess a sign of how unsatisfying this story was for me was how long it took to finish it. Based on it's length I should have finished in one or two sittings. However, I kept finding myself reading a page or two, sometimes half a chapter, then putting it down again, sometimes for several days. There was just nothing there to hold my interest.
Estlin Hume has a difficult skill – animals, especially squirrels, adore him. More than pheromone attraction, Estlin actually understands animals and they love him for it, to the point that they invade and trash his house to be near him. This makes Estlin a difficult tenant, and decades of evictions and relationships interrupted by critters, have led him to a solitary life in an isolated cabin in rural Canada. Sometimes biologists wrestling with thorny problems hire him – but they don't usually send military jets to pick him up to interpret for aliens.
Ms McCague lets Estlin's skill drive the plot and so poor Estlin is dragged around the Pacific by various political factions so that we may delight in the strange antics of the animals that follow him. I liked it loads.
Yes, the ending is abrupt and the book could have done with some better editing (and certainly a better title), but Edge Science Fiction doesn't work that way. Bury your annoyance with them and enjoy the book and it's follow-on whenever that appears.
I received a review copy of "Rosetta Man" by Claire McCague (Edge) through Librarything.com.
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Sheila H in WV, USA
Who knows what lurks in the Canadian outback? I do not wish to spoil the fun by giving away too much.Read more