Writing-wise, this book was lackluster. Maybe the author had intended it to be this way; maybe ships' journals aren't supposed to be literary masterpi...moreWriting-wise, this book was lackluster. Maybe the author had intended it to be this way; maybe ships' journals aren't supposed to be literary masterpieces. However, the sense of adventure is not lost in the suspect syntax. This book reminded me of the sentiments within The Perks of Being a Wallflower, how one can feel "infinite." Brown thoroughly conveys the excitement of taking risks and doing the impossible.
The title was captivating; I thought it was a Bible reference or something. So I was expecting more in the way of literary fiction. Turns out the book is actually about two fools and a cat. Also captivating was the cover. It was beautifully executed.
I've been impressed with Jeffrey Zygmont's writing; it is remarkably clear. Unfortunately, this style equates to a lack of imagery and, sometimes, cha...moreI've been impressed with Jeffrey Zygmont's writing; it is remarkably clear. Unfortunately, this style equates to a lack of imagery and, sometimes, character development achieved almost exclusively through dialogue, but the writing is clear, and it is a pleasure to read.
That being said, however, this is one heck of a simple story. Zygmont claims that his writing is for people possessing rebellious impulses. I don't think that his writing in the book is as provocative as advertised. The book is simply not deep enough for anybody, rebellious impulses or no, to find any true substance in its story about love-sick dogs feuding over an oblivious female. The addition of Bill Gates into the mix is interesting, but it doesn't make the book any less shallow. Or perhaps I'm just too shallow to recognize the true deep nature of this novel.
The satire in the novel is very appealing, very humorous. I felt that it kept me reading during places where the plot wasn't extremely interesting. It's not by any stretch of the imagination hilarious, but it made me smile. Smiling is good.
So overall, this a nice, light tale with a ridiculous premise and a nice dose of satire. It's not extremely thought-provoking, but it certainly is entertaining. Zygmont's voice is very appealing, and his works so far have been extremely satisfying. I enjoyed Ad Man in the Games of 2046 immensely; he is definitely very talented at writing quirky, intriguing stories.
Objectively speaking, this is a mediocre book. Cliché beyond belief, its attempts at originality are feeble- the main character is African American, V...moreObjectively speaking, this is a mediocre book. Cliché beyond belief, its attempts at originality are feeble- the main character is African American, Vegas is brought up several hundred times, the final shootout takes place in a Port-a-potty… The worst part (as with many mysteries) is that the murderer is quite obvious for the reader, yet the “detectives” must chase a dozen leads and risk their lives to finally bring the convict to justice. Nothing is worse than slogging through a detective story with stupid detectives.
Yet, I had fun reading it. Perhaps this pleasure was derived from laughing at the characters’ stupidity, marveling at the plot’s contrivances, or reading the revoltingly “sensual” romance scenes. Or maybe there were portions of the book that were genuinely… exciting. To be honest, I gulped down this novel in one sitting. The hook is nice (okay, maybe even exceptional), and the story moves swiftly. The characters, while one-dimensional, are at least somewhat interesting; the fact that the murder victim is the main character’s never-seen-before-half-sister sets the emotional stakes a little higher.
This novel is meant for entertainment, and shallow entertainment at that. But maybe shallow entertainment is necessary. After all, if all books were remarkably thought-provoking, then the term “remarkably thought-provoking” would lose all meaning. The world needs Dan Browns and Rex Kuslers to bring out the exceptionality of these provocative and meaningful books. And maybe the world needs Dan Browns and Rex Kuslers to write books that everyone can read and enjoy, and maybe laugh at.
And thus, this novel is respectable. Read Desert Drop for its entertainment value only. If you require meaningful literature, then don’t bother. Or maybe you can read this book so that you can laugh at its shortcomings. To each his own.