Book Review: The House that fell from the Sky by Patrick R Delaney

Rating: 2 out of 5.
The House that Fell from the SkyThe House that Fell from the Sky by Patrick R. Delaney
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

If you are a big fan of clever, quirky metaphors and similes then this is the book for you.

If I were to do word counts of “as if” and “like a”, I believe that the numbers would come out to be around twice the number of pages in the book.

For me, they were mostly very irritating, inappropriate and not at all relevant.

Allow me to share a few examples.

“Scarlett thought it sounded as if an immense vat of hot jelly was being poured into a bottomless well.”

“The texture reminded him of a sea lion that had just plopped down on the ice after a swim, shiny and wet.”

“… where a tall pole greeted them with a length of stained glass at the side, as if they’d arrived at the North Pole.”

“It’s just an old Victorian bedroom, like Princess Anne vomited all over it.”


This sentence fails to conjure up any sort of meaningful image in my mind.

There are also some continuity errors. For example, “He’d waited for her for hours at the hospital, calling her so many times that his battery died. When he finally realized that she wasn’t coming, he’d called Jackson to come pick him up.” He managed to call Jackson after his battery died!

There is also a plethora of unnecessary adverbs. I really don’t understand their purpose.

“Well fuck,” Jackson said amusingly.

REALLY?

I really struggled to get through this book and almost cast it aside as the second DNF of my reading career. It is slow-paced and there is so much filler that it becomes a challenge to find the substance.

The concept of a sinister, mysterious house appearing in the centre of a city and casting evil on all who approach it, never mind attempt to enter, is absolutely brilliant. This was the reason that I elevated my rating from one star to two. However, so much more could have been made of the story.

The characters and storylines are weak and the narration didn’t grab my interest until I was 92% through my reading of the book. At that point, there is a flashback chapter entitled, “The Wizard behind the Curtain,” which makes a strong connection between the characters. From that point on, my interest was held.

The ending is disappointing as is the whole book, to be honest.

It seems to me that the author is trying to emulate Stephen King and is failing miserably. That great author would be horrified by the proliferation of adverbs (see On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft).

Something that I DO love about this book is the cover. Isn’t it great? It draws you in. Sadly, the contents don’t fulfill the promise of the cover.

Looking through some of the other reviews, I can see that the story has an appeal to many of its readers. It is just not for me and I would not recommend it to any of my friends.


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About Lance Greenfield

Blog: lancegreenfield.wordpress.com email: lancegmitchell@outlook.com I published my debut novel in December 2014: Eleven Miles. My second novel went live in February 2016: Knitting Can Walk!
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