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Finished first in the Jack Reacher murder mystery series. Lee Child must have had some childhood trauma related to run-on sentences, either that or a tome of full collected works of Hemingway fell on his head when he was little, because the guy writes in five word sentences. I kid you not! I mean, I get it, the narrator is supposed to be precise, and concise, and very organized but come on, ten words is still plenty laconic and doesn't feel like you should be marching while reading. Aside from the rather spare writing style, I kept three steps ahead of the plot throughout, which is really bad when you are reading a murder mystery and don't have a habit of anticipating the twists. It was completely transparent and I didn't think it was meant to be. Like, it was obvious who the main hidden bad guy was from the moment he showed up on the scene, and the mystery of the "perfect paper" should have taken anybody with half a brain about five seconds to crack, which made all the hoopla around it quite annoying. Also, do you remember ever being able to fly commercial airlines without any ID? I distinctly remember getting asked for one even before 9/11. Or how does one pick up a bank wire transfer without an ID? Jack supposedly carries no papers and yet... Little things like that irked me. Luckily, piles of gruesomely dead bodies made up for some of the other disappointments. If you can deal with the militaristically minimalist writing and some fairly implausible plot twists, and want some no brain pressure quick read, you might consider giving this a try.

Date: 2013-11-12 01:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vgramagin.livejournal.com
Могу поспорить, что ты книгу не читала :-)

Date: 2013-11-12 01:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] olgayaroslavna.livejournal.com
ты проспорил!

Date: 2013-11-12 01:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vgramagin.livejournal.com
Читала не вникая в сюжет = не читала!

Date: 2013-11-12 01:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] olgayaroslavna.livejournal.com
да не, эту книгу я не читала. но я читала книгу!

Date: 2013-11-12 01:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vgramagin.livejournal.com
Из тебя, Сидорова, Меркина и Рубашкина получилась бы великолепная четверка зануд!

Date: 2013-11-12 02:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] riontel.livejournal.com
Нет, специально указано, что у него вообще никаких бумаг не было.

Date: 2013-11-12 01:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vgramagin.livejournal.com
Дальше трупов больше, смысла меньше. Я прочитал штуки четыре или пять, но после второй - исключительно из-за того, что читал в автобусе по утрам, больше ничего на ридере не было, а заливать новое забывал.

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