The book Geek Fantasy Novel by E. Archer is the unfortunate but expected result of the success of Rick Riordan and his writing style. To be more precise, it takes the best part of Riordan’s writing: the wit, the quirkiness, and tries to replicate it. And, as inevitably happens when an author tries too hard to be like a different author, E. Archer failed.
Now, that’s not to say that the book is entirely bad. The idea is fairly original, and if handled by a more competent author, could have been entertaining. But in this case, the execution was horrible. The narrative was jumbled. Points of view were changed spontaneously. Poor word choice abounded. Characters were flat and boring. It wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t a particularly fun read.
If you have an afternoon free and nothing better to do, sure, pick up a copy of “Geek Fantasy Novel”, breeze through it. It’s not a literary masterpiece, but its also no House on Mango Street.
review by Daniel Brusilovsky, 16.