Sunday, September 24, 2006

A Matter of Detail

So I'm reading along in this book see. And the heroes are going to break into this sorcerer's house. There are bars on the window so they get a jack and they crank the bars out so they can slip inside. Sound ok? Yeah, well then why did it take the author three pages to get us in the house? Did we really need to see every drop of sweat and quiver in the arm muscles of the guy working the jack? It's what's in the house that is interesting.

So now we're finally in the house and our heroes awaken a guardian demon. Cool? One might think so, but it takes them less time to defeat the demon than to break into the house in the first place. There's no other way to say it but to point out that this is poor management of detail. As a result, I'm tossing this book aside and it's highly unlikely I'll be reading more by this author.

What was Bill Clinton's mantra in his first bid for the presidency? "It's the economy, stupid?" Replace "economy" with "details" and you'll have my point.

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