2017-02-22 22:44:56 UTC
It was disappointing on several levels, including the lack
of included bibliography and notes. There was a note at
the back that the since the notes and bibliography listings
would have added approximately 70 pages to the book, the
publisher decided to leave them out! The author included
a URL to his personal website where the information can
This bothered me on several levels. First that a reputable
publisher (Knopf) would leave out this type of information
from a non-fiction book that was list price US$29.95 and
already clocking in at over 550 pages. The other is that
this supplemental material was not on the *publisher's*
website which one could assume would be maintained over
the coming years, but on a privately held domain and
website of the author's which may not be maintained a
few years down the road and doubtful to be there in a
decade or two when this book would still be floating
around even if only in the used book markets.
Has anyone else who reads non-fiction such as history
or biographies noticed if this is a coming trend?
I certainly hope not since it does not bode well for those
of us who actually read and use the notes and bibliography
on these sorts of books to pursue additional information
and tangential interests.
The author's writing style also drove be batty with his
over-use of slang terms such as "get-go" to the point it
would have made a good drinking game. There were problems
(IMO) with what he included and what was left out too.
No mention of the shark recipe! And her relationship with
Jacques Pepin wasn't even mentioned until the last two
chapters, and then it was slanted to make it seem as though
they didn't get along.
Jennet Conant's "Covert Affair" covered the OSS years of
Paul Child and Julia McWilliams much better.
So it was back to a mystery once "Dearie" was finished.
I picked up the first book in another series by Ben Rehder
of Blanco County fame. "Gone the Next" in the Roy Ballard
series follows an insurance fraud investigator who lurks
around waiting to capture claimants doing something they
shouldn't be able to on film.
This story centers around an apparently abducted little
girl who Roy thinks he sees at a house he's stalking for
the insurance company. The problem is, he can't convince
the police he really did see the girl because his daughter
was an abduction victim years ago and they think he's
projecting. Plus he's on probation from punching a former
boss in the nose for calling a female co-worker a rude
Compared to the Blanco County series, this one comes
in a distant second. The main character is witty to the
point of being a smart mouth. It may be future books in
the series develop his character and the supporting cast
which would probably make things more interesting, but
even the mystery wasn't as complex and involved as those
in the Blanco series.
I'll give the next book in the series a try if I find it,
but if given the choice, I'd still go for the next in
Blanco over the next in the Roy Ballard series.
Maybe Mique can give "Gone the Next" a try and have a
different take on it.
Nyssa, whose TBR piles are still growing faster than she
can read them