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Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Novelist by Angela Hunt

What Hunt has done with The Novelist is interesting enough. She has combined two mediocre plots that, on their own, wouldn't even be publishable. But together, they make an entertaining read.
When a popular author begins teaching a creative writing class at a local high school, she begins giving them a sample book. This is recorded as part of the novel. And trust me, it is a sample book and nothing better. It tells the story of an owner of a arcade. Each game is designed to teach the player something. Trouble is introduced when the owner enters a forbidden room and plays a forbidden game. Then evil is introduced to the arcade and nothing is the same again.
Meanwhile, back on the side of reality, the author is having family problems. Her college-age son is at his drinking problem again. He can't seem to nip it in the bud. But this part of the plot is not all as it seems.
All in all, the idea behind this book is interesting enough, but it seems like this is more a side project for Hunt than a full-fledged novel. It's kind of lackluster but this shouldn't discourage you from giving it a try.
2.5 stars

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