Thursday, August 23, 2007

Book to Avoid

James Phelan's latest thriller Patriot Act is bad. The writing is cliched and the dialogue is wooden. There is not much to recommend it at all. According to reviews I have read it is better than his first book Fox Hunt, which must be really terrible.
Phelan is studying for a Master's in writing at Monash and is a very bad advertisement for this course. Authors will argue that you cannot teach writing but this is an argument for another day.

Anyway avoid this book, and his next one which is coming out next year. You would be better off reading a Matthew Reilly book, they are just as mindless but Reilly can write.

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