Book Review: THE WAVE
Walter Mosley’s “young adult” novel 47 is nominated this year for a Prometheus Award. So why didn’t I read it instead of The Wave? Well, the Science Fiction Book Club was offering The Wave for a price I couldn’t ignore (i.e., nothing) and not offering 47 at all, so...
I got what I paid for.
Mosley, best known for his Easy Rawlins mysteries, has a writing style that appeals to me. It’s lean but lyrical. It really sings. But even that can’t save The Wave. Mosley takes the “black oil” idea from X-Files and spins a lot of new age hokum about a benevolent, shared-mind, collectivist, extraterrestrial life form that just wants to be friends with humanity (before it takes over the planet like some 1950s body-snatcher). Now, I’m actually fond of a lot of new age hokum, but this new age hokum is so tired and hackneyed that plowing through the novel’s second half was a chore — and the book’s a short one, 200 big-print pages. I was so anxious for closure that I began rooting for The Wave’s fanatical Homeland Security death squads to destroy the godless socialist entity once and for all.
So now I’m wondering: if this latest sci-fi novel of Walter Mosley’s is claptrap, how good can 47 be? And should I bother reading it before the Prometheus Awards are announced in August?-----
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