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Desperate Monk fan still desperate
on 5 October 2010
Are those characters not the Monk and Natalie we know from the show? I thought a Monk-fan who misses the show might find them here again, in other stories, other episodes that don't exist. But no.
Monk is not as smart here, Natalie is not as nice. If you write about a genius, it might help to be at least as smart or sensitive as the hero. But here, Natalie seems just vulgar and the plot is often interrupted by uninteresting musings about her private life. Things by the way she would never do in the series. Monk himself seems sometimes bored - something he never is because there is always a stain to clean, or something to adjust if there isn't a case for him to solve. He wouldn't just lie around and read a cartoon. Many details are just wrong: Natalie is not tall, Stottlemeyer is not vulgar, and Monk is not just annoying. It feels like someone has heard about the show and tries to recreate something that feels like it but really only gets out a blur. It is not Natalie's voice, it doesn't even feel like Sharona's talking. It just feels wrong. I only read it hoping I would find some of the familiar voices or interactions in this book. But it misses the point, only on the last page it tries to restore some of the affection between Natalie and Monk. But so clumsily that it really leaves you unsatisfied. And another thing: "Salt doesn't disinfect a wound?" I thought it did.