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Tunnels by Roderick Gordon
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Feb 04, 08

bookshelves: young-adult
Read in February, 2008

the premise of the book is interesting, even as some plot twists are highly unbelievable. but, the writing is atrocious. although, i did acclimate to it as the book wore on. there are too many literary clichés. the adjectives, similes, and metaphors are florid. the humor is forced.

but, beyond that, i have two major gripes (neither of which reveal any plot details). one is the parody of a queer character, mr. clarke junior. he wears puce and lemon blazers. "...he was a great favorite of the ladies of the borough, both young and old, yet oddly enough he had remained a confirmed bachelor." nudge, nudge. wink, wink. this parody comes to a, um, head when, "He offered it to Will with both hands outstretched, as if he were about to break into and aria." right. noted. the second problem i have is when the main character, who spends practically half his life underground, is in a cave. he touches and rubs on stalagmites. you do not do that. anyone who wishes to see a cave keep living wouldn't do that.

the talk of this being "the next harry potter" is ridiculous and overstating the case. if the mistakes made were confined to one author, that could be forgiven. but, as there are two of them, i cannot do so.
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