Hello everyone I’m Theonlinecurator and today we’re looking at a book I’ve been meaning to review for weeks but for one reason or another I’ve never got round to untill now and comes to us from famed screenplay writer Chris Ould writer of almost 80 hours of television dramas like Casualty and The Bill so naturaly I’d never heard of him before I picked up this book. I believe I’ve run out of things to say so let’s start the review.
There isn’t much to say about this cover it’s just someone, I asume our main character, stearing blankly into your soul. I do like the idea of using case numbers to distinguish each book but other than that only two other things draw my atention. That the cover when the cover artist (I couldn’t find a name anywhere) ether took this picture with doctor Manatan just out of shot or couldn’t decide where he wanted these random blue blotches to be and that the city, I know it’s given a name but it’s only used a few times and I don’t have time to flick throgh the whole book again untill I stumble across it, is apparently suffering from a similar environmental problem to Central city in the spirit milenium edition, seriously look.
All the clowd cover’s disperced and the sky’s changed to an unusual, mixed colour, I feel like we should get a name for this kind of incedent.
I believe that it would be impossible to read this book and not notice the structure. To start with it’s split up into standard chapters which is fine. Then it’s also split up into days and while it’s strange to have both of them it only happens 3 times over the cource of the story so it’s not that noticable but then on top of both of those there’s a new number for every time there’s a location change and this is where it starts to get both noticable and more than a little annoying. I don’t think there was a single section of this book where we stay in the same place for more than 20 pages and it also dosen’t help that we’re following 3 sets of characters and that sometimes they spread out and sometimes they interact with each other. I think the shortest was two thirds of a page but my personal favorite would have to be where we focuse on one set of characters doing something go over to a diffrent set of characters for a page and then go back to the first set of characters in the exact same place at the exact same point in time as where we left them. I mean how would you feel if I just stopped talking about this issue, started talking about a seperate one and then finished what I had to say on this like nothing happened? There are some points where it makes sense like someone moveing to the other side of town to follow up on something that happened in there last apearence with some other content to fill the journey time but then they’re there because a character went from one room to another that’s down the hall.
I’m not sure why but I flicked throgh the pages at the very end of the book and couldn’t help but notice some… interesting comments form some teenage readers who’d been asked about what they thoght of the characters and I can’t decide weather to be writhing in angry at one of the most rediculous asertion I’ve ever heard or doubled up in lafter at one of the most unfortunate misquotations I’ve ever seen, you be the judge. ‘The majority of adult detectives in fiction seem to be battered, cynical, world-weary, divorced, alcoholic and bitter, and that’s just the upbeat ones!’ Is it supposed to say ‘alcoholic or bitter’? Had the readers they asked never ventured outside 90s’ Noir before? As I said, you be the judge.
If I had to say something good about this book then my mind would probobly go to the mystery. I wouldn’t exactly say that the action races along like some other reviewers have but that’s just how I interprete it. Despite that I did feel that the conclusion and how everythink came togehter was a bit rushed because as I said there isn’t much action and the case is built more arount subtle hints and changes than blatant clues and since this story was intertwined with a lot of setup for the next book there was a lot to get in in just 300 pages while still working with such a large roster of characters. Also I don’t think I truley expected a happily ever after ending but it did surprise me just how much detail it put into all the reprocutions and changes the events of the last 3 days caused. If you want details, buy the book and read the final page of story but if you want everything to rap up cleanley I suggest you look somewere else.
Well this was an interesting review, I talked about chapter structure jumpy as a lamb on a cafine drip, some quotes I just don’t understand and a ricuring cover theme. The book also claims that the sequil will be coming out this year and at the time I’m writing this I have no idea if it’s been relieced yet but if it has I promice to review it as soon as I can. If I could choose a few things I think should be in it I think I would say the diffrent groups interacting a bit more and some more characterisation for the supporting characters, that’s about all I have to say about Street Duty and now I can’t thing of a good way to both ask you to tell me what you thoght of the review in the comments or on my twitter page at @offsitelibrary and see if you can think of a name for the cloud destroying disaster and also segway into my next time segment so… next time
Dark life review
Untill then, goodbye.