Tuesday, 22 July 2014

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: Midnight, Texas 1: Midnight Crossroad - Charlaine Harris

Release Date: 08/05/14
Publisher:  Gollancz


From Charlaine Harris, the bestselling author who created Sookie Stackhouse the world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, comes a new, darker world - populated by more strangers than friends. But then, that's how the locals prefer it? Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It's a pretty standard dried-up western town. There's a pawnshop (someone lives in the basement and is seen only at night). There's a diner (people who are just passing through tend not to linger). And there's new resident Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he's found the perfect place to work in private (and who has secrets of his own). Stop at the one traffic light in town, and everything looks normal. Stay awhile, and learn the truth . . .


I’ve been a huge fan of Charlaine’s for quite a few years going through a lot of her books and culminating in a massive love affair with the Sookie Stackhouse series (now sadly finished.) so when I heard about a new series that brought old friends to the fore I couldn’t wait to embark on a whole new set of adventures.

Yet, upon picking it up I found that I had a hell of a hard time getting into it. The writing felt clunky and awkward, there were too many individual characters having their say and all round, felt unsatisfactory with it being a hell of a struggle to read. All round I found this a great disappointment and as a reader I felt more than a little cheated. A great shame as I was really excited about this.

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