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It Won't Get The Juices Flowing But It's Okay
on 7 August 2013
If you are interested in the Congo and would like to read a book that offers some okay feedback, then by all means read Blood River. If, however, you've been daydreaming about heading off to the Congo (or similar) and need a push, you'll need to look elsewhere. I mean, here we are, in the heart of the tropics, in the Congo, yet not once did I feel any great sense of adventure. This is in part due to Butcher's matter-of-fact style of writing -- a novelist he will never be. I won't say it's drab, but it just doesn't ever get the juices flowing, and I'm shocked to read that some people think it's "gripping" and that it "moves along at a rollocking pace" (are these people friends of Tim, hoping to help boost the ratings?). Even if you're not particularly bothered about a so-called adventure book having a strong narrative, it's clear that Butcher didn't want to be there in the first place (the second half of the journey he covers by helicopter, and gives the most lame excuse for doing so -- I once read someone else's account of that section and they explained it as the easiest bit). Interesting: reasonably. Adventurous: not at all. A combination of the two would have been ideal.