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This review is from: Hunter's Moon (Hardcover)
"Hunter's Moon" is an interesting read, but certainly does not deserve the full 5 stars which all the other reviewers have given it. (And since all but one of the other reviewers have only ever reviewed this item, I shall assume they are shill reviews. For shame!).
The book follows the lives of a family of foxes through their trials and tribulations, with Man as a continuous presence. There isn't much of a story; the book tends to simply meander along, with occasional forays into adventure before returning to the status quo. It just couldn't decide what it wanted to be about - is it about the subjugation of the natural world by Man? Is it about the spirituality of animals? Is it a love story? No theme felt truly developed.
The prose was, I felt, rather inconsistent - at times Kilworth can write beautifully, with vivid descriptions of the natural and the man-made world. But at other times the prose was clinical; scientific. Characters also did not feel consistent, making decisions or having thoughts which seemed at odds with their behaviour previously. There was also an odd part in the book where time suddenly turned back to follow the thread of one particular character. If this had happened a few times, it would not have felt so out of place.
Ultimately the book has a self-published kind of feeling. It could have really benefited from an editor's scrutinising eye, and I can't imagine a publisher picking it up in this day and age.