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Frustrating, but with huge potential,
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This review is from: Mr Toppit (Hardcover)
The thing about this book was that I kept waiting for it to start, and then it finished.
What there was of it I enjoyed hugely, but it felt rather like the Hayseed Chronicles of the book themselves, everything ended just as it was about to get interesting.
Luke is the son of an author whose series of children's books, 'The Hayseed Chronicles' find international fame after his father's untimely, and tragic demise. Luke himself is immortalised in the books, and as they become more famous his and his family's life becomes taken over by the book and its reception.
The book chronicles, from Luke's point of view, what transpires in the years after his father's death, and the misery, pain and disintegration of the family that they cause.
It is fascinating, well told and page turning, but still seems massively incomplete. This could have been an epic book, and I was wildly frustrated that everything ended so abruptly and without any sense of completeness. It's just as if the author decided one day that he had had enough of writing and just stopped.
This is Elton's first book and the promise it shows means that I will definitely be looking out for what comes next, but I can't help thinking that this has been overhyped as a book way beyond what it can comfortably deliver.