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William's Book Blog

Mostly book reviews.  Very rarely I'll allow William Campbell Powell (author) to write a blog entry on publishing activity, but he's under orders to keep that stuff over on his Facebook page and on http://williamcampbellpowell.com

Currently reading

Fonda Lee
Fonda Lee
Anansi Boys
Neil Gaiman
Zombie Elementary: The Real Story
Howard Whitehouse
Progress: 99 %
The Angel's Game (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #2)
Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Progress: 6/504 pages
The Longest Week: What Really Happened During Jesus' Final Days
Nick Page
Progress: 43/310 pages

Quantum predictability

A Quantum Murder  - Peter F. Hamilton

I so enjoyed the first book in the series.  This was a real let-down.  None of the twists and turns of the first novel.  The good guys had too much power and were never in any real danger.  A very ordinary villain who's only caught because he loses his nerve and forces a showdown.  The obvious suspect: apparently guilty then proven innocent by a new-physics rabbit out of a hat.  And the first book's teen heiress, who showed such promise then, proves to be a spoilt, image-conscious, superficial brat after all.


It pains me to give such a low rating to an author whose other books I've enjoyed so much, but this book felt rushed, written without love or inspiration, to satisfy a contractual obligation.