Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy by Jacopo Della Quercia (2014)

I ended up liking this book far less than I wanted to, although I finished it.  Some parts were great; others weren't as well written and quite frankly didn't make a whole lot of sense.  Uneven.  You know when you were a little kid, and you were playing with army men, and you you made up elaborate plots that went something like this - "And then this happened.  and then this happened. And then he swooped in and saved the day.  Only he did this to him.  And then a giant horse appeared."  And the whole time, your hands are on each and every soldier, manipulating the action, and usually not in ways that made any sense, just flowing along, letting the soldiers do and say whatever occurred to your mind next, without any idea of what was next or how it would end.  That's what this book felt like.  The author, a giant little kid, like The Lego Movie, his fingers on every character, making them talk and walk - and fight - but without a clear idea of where everyone was headed.  The concept was outstanding - I loved the steampunk aspects - but the plot, on the plot...  As a friend told my husband one time, after he struggled to make his first Chinese potstickers from scratch - "pretty good, for a first attempt."  From what I understand, there's a second book on the way, so I'd give it another try.


The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch ConspiracyThe Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy by Jacopo della Quercia
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

An uneven - well, beyond uneven, jagged really, like broken glass - mars a great concept and some kick-ass characters.  I think another term might be "heavy handed" - I could never lose the sense that the author's fingers were wrapped around each and every character, making them talk, walk, swear - and fight, lots of fighting - without any clear idea of what was going to happen next.  That made for some confusing reading.  There may have been some master plot design to the whole book - but it still felt like a video game, only starring historical characters in a steampunk setting.


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