(Current fiction & past quality fiction)
Reading excerpts made available from the Kindle edition convinced Examiner that reporting about the hype was justified, for the story doesn’t merit your attention.
As The New York Times put it, “Had it been allowed to slip quietly into bookstores, 'The Bone Season' might have been noticed for the large scale and elaborate detail of its still-unformed fantasy world. Ms. Shannon could easily write six more books filling in gaps left by this one. It would be a shame if the “Today” anointment celebrates this young writer’s gift for trivia-quiz lingo at the expense of her as-yet-unseen larger vision.”
The reference to “Today” alludes to the book club that the “Today” television program launched with (you guessed it) Ms Shannon’s first novel. She’s promising a bunch more.
From an Amazon reviewer: “It felt almost like a text book where I was reading about all these technical terms without ever forming any emotional connection to the characters and their world.”
Examiner doesn’t often dump on novelists and would certainly love to have all that hype about one of Examiner’s novels. Indeed, Ms. Shannon undoubtedly deserves better treatment all around. But this is a teen novel and that’s the best one can say about it.
Examiner strives to call attention to novels that can be judged as Contemporary Literature. This ain't it, not any more than the last novel Examiner took exception to, “Freedom” by Jonathan Franzen, a selection by Oprah's Book Club. It may be recalled that Time magazine went nuts over that one. Anyway, continuing to swim upstream against the current, “Bones” is not recommended.