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Book Review: Nowhere Man by John M. Green - Reviewed by AvidReader (08 Jan 2011)
I can’t believe that I can’t find a negative review of John M Green’s novel Nowhere Man on the internet, other than a few meaningless ones that just say things like ‘blah’. Maybe John M’s a really nice bloke and no-one wants to hurt his feelings or maybe, as I’ve read in the newspaper, selling books is all about marketing these days and he has the resources to manipulate what can be easily found on search engines. Or maybe because he’s a powerful, wealthy lawyer and investment banker it’s best to keep on the right side of him. I bought Nowhere Man a few days ago at the exorbitant price of $36.99 (surely a mistake I now realise) after my sister told me she’d heard really good things about it. I had to stay home to rest a sore back so was able to read it all pretty much in one sitting, which I usually find is a great way to read a ‘thriller’. I don’t remember ever being so disappointed by a novel. The characters are shallow and their motivations confusing, the plot is poorly constructed, so many things go unexplained and so many threads of the story go nowhere. The first part, setting up the story, was reasonably interesting so I did keep reading but overall the story reminded me of some of the compositions I used to write in primary school where, at seven or eight, I could set up a basic sort of plot but had no idea how to finish it and had to opt for the ‘and then I woke up and found that it was just a dream’ ending. I can see why publishers found the plot ‘absurd’ and rejected it, forcing John M Green to do his own publishing. Most of the people I can think of who would enjoy a ‘financial thriller’ would be very put off by the supernatural elements of the plot – I think this is a jarring contradiction in style.
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