Thursday, 12 December 2013
Dexter's Final Cut by Jeff Lindsay
This is the first sentence of an introduction that is all in italics, which makes it hard on the eyes.
Confession time: I must be one of the few people who has neither read any of these books or seen the TV show. So this line is a little confusing. Is this a paranormal series? I assume it is; either that, or someone's on a drug pretending to be dead, in which case, they aren't really dead, making this sentence redundant. Either way, the line raises questions and is striking. Being a short sentence doesn't hurt either.
Reading the rest of this introduction (call it what you want, it's still a prologue) reveals that this is part of a filming scene. So whoever said he was dead is not, just acting - ha-ha. A deception on the part of the author to hook falsely. The classless ha-ha, I made you look technique that is used more often than one might normally imagine. It is an unimaginative way to hook a reader and is cheating, like advertising a product that isn't actually for sale. Shameful.
It all started so peacefully, just a few short weeks ago, on a lovely day in early autumn.
How quaint. What a preamble. How boring. The next paragraph wastes more time, ink and page space by describing what it's like to drive in Miami rush hour.
I would have given this a mere fail but the execution of the ha-ha made you look trick riles me.
First thing said:
With an opening like this, I'm tempted to create a new category for zero stars. I might call it the Black Hole Dexter Fail.
Verdict: Epic Fail