I am so spoiled for reading books anymore. I have so little time to read them that I expect them to be blockbusters, to engage me from the start. I feel sorry for any author trying to hook me.
I recieved The Nine Lessons in the mail one day, unsolicited and with no accompanying note from the company, though I assume it's from a publisher who wanted me to read it and write about it.
Contrived. Hates his father. Confronts his father in the second chapter so that he could get his story rolling. It's your fault; you're a terrible father. Who would say such shit? He avoids any description of his emotions leading up to that point and therefore leaves me thinking it's contrived.