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Lucid Intervals (2010)

by Stuart Woods(Favorite Author)
3.83 of 5 Votes: 5
0399156445 (ISBN13: 9780399156441)
Putnam Adult
Stone Barrington
review 1: Hmmm...Upon reflection, I now believe Woods' narrative and characters are perfectly suited for a graphic novel adaptation. There's witty banter, a not-too complex plot, manly men, beautiful women, referential sex, comic relief...good reading while I'm half asleep. No, that's not negative criticism. I look for "witching-hour" books. I was entertained, but not quite able to set aside my feminist attitudes long enough to endure Stone Barrington's perpetual hunt for his next conquest. Of course, one doesn't look for depth of social commentary in these pages (comic books go farther, I believe), but I'm afraid Woods' treatment of women is enough to prevent me from seeking another Barrington story. Unless he makes the leap to the GN genre.
review 2: This was a b
... moreetter story than the previous, but that wasn't hard to accomplish since most of that story involved Stone whining constantly about having too many women to sleep with.I am getting tired of Stone stumbling into THE luckiest situations, every time he does anything. Nothing Stone does Isn't posh, expensive, or first class. He never has to take a normal car, or wind up staying in a Holiday Inn. Even when hiding from assassins he stayed for days in an expensive hotel suite at no cost to him! He and his bedmate du jour are even flown from New Jersey to London on a private Gulfstream jet! And, to add to Stone's typical nature of being led around by his penis, at the end of the book he hooks up with the pilot of the aforementioned Gulfstream.At one point, when trying to evade assassins, Stone is given instructions on what someone will say to him when he's being picked up by the good guys, and how to respond. Later, when Stone receives a call about being picked up, they don't give the proper code words, nor does Stone even notice this. I was thinking "Oh, this is bad. The Bad Guys are luring Stone out into the open." No. Nothing like that at all. The writer just forgot all about the spy-like code word exchange he set up only a mere chapter earlier.There were so many dropped threads in this novel that it drove me crazy! What about the counterfeit $50 that resulted in a visit from the Secret Service? There was no reason for that to be in the story. The sub plot with Sheila was just absurd. This just shows the reader that a person like Sheila was so far beneath Stone's radar that he literally didn't care about her death other than how it directly affected him (he had to defend Herbie, his client, who'd been accused of murdering her).Also, why hasn't Stone mentioned his son lately? He's turning into an absolute cad, rather than an interesting character. The only things that seem to truly go wrong for Stone are inconsequential. The extra characters are the ones who suffer maladies, injury, and death. Sure, Stone can't die, but he takes the death of others way too casually. I think he would have a stronger reaction to crashing his car. I'm beginning to realize that Stone is actually a narcissist. An unrealistically lucky narcissist.It isn't entertaining to read unrealistic stories about unrealistic people. Even science fiction stories demand more realism than what the Stone Barrington novels have become! less
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Took a while for this book to get going. Not a typical S.Woods book. On to the next book.
Typical Woods. Good light read. Kept my interest - finished before bedtime.
great read
quick read
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