Reading can be problematic. I have a habit of, when I like an author, being very enthusiastic about new books being released by said author. And yet, they’re not always as good.
As a writer myself (and actually, all crafters or creators of pretty much everything should understand this) I know that not all works are as easy to create, or will come out to everyone’s satisfaction. Some of my works (unpolished and unpublished though they are) have been distinctly better than the others. I don’t imagine this is any different for published authors, with the exception that presumably their particularly bad things are polished up by editors before publication, or don’t get published at all.
However, it’s still quite disappointing to end up with a book in hand that just doesn’t measure up to expectations.
This has happened several times for me, and it’s resulted in two authors who – prior to this – were in the “buy whatever they release, as soon as they release it” category being moved into a lower tier of book-buying practices. (Side note: am I the only one who does that?)
The most recent is a confirmation that Ms. McCaffrey is no longer the amazing superstar author that I used to think she was. Maybe it’s age, maybe it’s the people she’s currently co-writing with, maybe it’s me being more critical of the works. But I picked up CATALYST from the library the other day, and I just can’t get into it. The POV jumps too much, and the narrative style isn’t to my liking. I haven’t even decided if I’ll finish the book yet, or not.
I think instead I’ll pick up a comfort read – maybe from McCaffrey’s ROWAN series – and re-read that instead. I don’t want difficult reading material right now. I just want something I’ll enjoy.