Thursday, 24 January 2008

Maryjanice Davidson, Swimming Without a Net

I've been reading Swimming Without a Net by Maryjanice Davidson. It only took a few hours, partly because she has the knack of drawing the reader along, but mostly because it was so short. On the whole, I enjoyed it. It's good fun, and the sort of undemanding read that everyone wants from time to time. As the second book of her new series, it seems better than the first, presumably as she's settled into a new set of characters, and the shift to third person p.o.v.

That's not to say there aren't flaws. The main character is remarkably like Betsy Taylor, the heroine of her previous series, not to mention really quite annoying on occasions. It's sometimes hard to have sympathy for a lead character if you suspect that you wouldn't be able to stand more than a couple of minutes around them. The book's brevity also sometimes means things jump along faster than is really comfortable, not giving the plot time to develop.

On the other hand, the supporting characters are intriguing and fun, the tone is light, and the whole thing is handled with a sense of enjoyment. If you don't demand that it should suddenly reveal War and Peace like depths, this could be just the think for a lazy afternoon's reading.

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