Level 26: Dark Origins Finished

Finished up Level 26 and even after 400 odd pages, overall the book was still disappointing.  While the characters did develop a little more and the plot grew somewhat, everything was still so over the top and drawn out, which continued to kill the pace.  Zuiker continued to use short 3-5 page chapters (with over a 100 chapters for the entire book!) presumably with the goal of making it a page turner, but since little could be developed other than cheap quick reveals in that number of pages, the gimmick didn’t work for me (and has been my complaint with everything James Patterson writes these days).

As for the short video clips that varied in length from 30 seconds and shorter to up to 3 minutes, while the premise may have been interesting and potentially pretty cool, it was limiting in a number ways.  It required that when one was reading, one needed to be within close distance of a computer with an internet connection, unless you had a Google phone or Iphone or some portable device with said internet connection.  But this also detracted from the story by forcing the reader to put the book down to check out the short video, disengaging the reader from the story they were reading on the page to watch the same story on a different medium; coupled with the short chapters with little development . . . well, you can infer your own conclusions.

The videos continued to be incredibly over the top in a couple of different ways: the “graphic” torture scenes that were what got the book listed in the horror section, were mild in the videos, making them seem like different stories; the serial killer, Sqweegel, was overdone by the actor in the clips to the point where he was just funny and made me laugh (and when this is supposed to be the most horrific killer in history, requiring a new level of evil, I don’t think this is what the author was going for); and finally there were clips where the acting was predictably silly like a daytime soap opera, again making me laugh.

So overall, the idea and premise was interesting, but the result was that Level 26 was failure.  And with two sequels planned, I think I’ll be giving them a pass.

Wyrd Progress Update VII

Even though its now going on for 2:30AM, as I don’t have work tomorrow, I’m staying up late with everyone else and as they were watching Shaun of the Dead, which I’d seen recently, it made me do some late night or rather early morning writing.  Got a good chunk done and now the readers will know more of my main character’s meetings with the Saxons.  And just clocked 50 pages and on to Chapter III: Equus!

And now for some work in progress:

In fact most Saxons are illiterate and appear to have no need for recording any matters or deeds on parchment.  But their knowledge is still vast, which is kept, as I said, orally through the people, in each family past down from one generation to the next.  In this way the important rules, as well as knowledge of their customs and ways of farming and hunting and gathering are past on and the way of life is never lost.  At times I admit to being really impressed with this system, and while recording ideas on parchment can lead to their lasting for centuries, if the page is burned, soaked, or destroyed in some way, it is gone.  While when it is passed down to each family member, should one or more of them pass from this world, the knowledge is not lost, but maintained through its other members.

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