Monday, July 17, 2017

Indigo by Charlaine Harris, Christopher Golden et al

Indigo: A Mosaic Novel by Charlaine Harris, Christopher Golden, Kelley Armstrong, Jonathan Maberry, Kat Richardson, Seanan McGuire, Tim Lebbon, Cherie Priest, James A. Moore and Mark Morris --- 340 pages

A "mosaic novel," for those unfamiliar with the term, is a novel written collaboratively by a group of authors. Sometimes the story line is presented through multiple characters' points-of-view; sometimes each author takes the established plot or characters in new and contradictory directions. Often each author contributes his or her own chapters.

Done well, the reader comes to the end of the tale with the breathless feeling of having survived an amazing adventure. Done not so well, and the story collapses under the weight of too many improbabilities.

Although each of these authors individually are talented writers of urban fantasy/supernatural thrillers, collectively this tale is, like its heroine, reporter Nora Hesper/alias dark superhero Indigo, a manic depressive mess, invoking every tired cliche in the urban fantasy repertoire.  Let's just say Indigo is one leap more than my suspension of disbelief could reach.

Click HERE to read an article about the genesis of the novel from The Verge.

Click HERE to read a review from Publishers Weekly.

Click HERE to read a review from the Criminal Intent blog.

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