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Jumper by Steven Gould
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it was ok
bookshelves: read-in-2017, fantasy

The idea here is better than the execution. The dialogue is clunky, the plot is thin, and the characters are sketches more than anything.

The film based on this book was better, despite its flaws. (Namely the studio-dictated narration at the beginning explaining things to the dumb people in the audience.) They took the basic elements of this book and gave them a high-quality shine while amping up both the stakes and the action.

The main character in the movie is more of an anti-hero, whereas here he's more of a whiny YA mouthpiece. There are some things in the book which were unnecessarily graphic, bordering on grimdark. In the film, for instance, the first time Davy teleports -- or "jumps" as he calls it -- it's the result of school bullying gone wrong. In the novel, it happens while three truckers are attempting to rape him. That's a really dark choice. The rest of the book follows suit.

The other part I found irksome was Gould's thinly-veiled preaching. When he has the government agents go on about how not all Muslims are terrorists, explaining the difference between Sunni and Shi'ite beliefs, it was clunky exposition. I mean, I agree with him, but it's so eye-rollingly heavy-handed. Although props to Gould for delving into all of this before the original attack on the World Trade Center was carried out. Jumper was released about 8 months before the 1993 WTC bombing, and the towers feature prominently when Davy confronts a Muslim terrorist.

It gets better once the story kicks into the final part, but it wasn't enough to lift it to 3 stars.
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December 2, 2017 – Shelved
December 2, 2017 – Shelved as: read-in-2017
December 2, 2017 – Shelved as: fantasy
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December 3, 2017 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Bruce (new)

Bruce Yes, cool idea but the book didn't work out so well.

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