The advent of internet brought a few changes to the world. Okay, it changed the world immensely if not completely. So I wonder if self published writers like [a:David Moody|117582|David Moody|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1248544632p2/117582.jpg] would have otherwise achieved such recognition in such a comparatively short time if not for the exposure gained through the internet.
Maybe he might have eventually got his books published or maybe he might have been just another author destined for oblivion and failure.
While latter is not the case with him (and I am glad for that), but if you are going to read Moody for the first time and that book happens to be much sensationalized and soon to be a major motion picture, [b:Hater|263460|Hater (Hater, #1)|David Moody|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1266509430s/263460.jpg|255392], you might think that that might exactly be the case. At least I thought that way.
[b:Hater|263460|Hater (Hater, #1)|David Moody|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1266509430s/263460.jpg|255392] starts off with the first attack of the "Hater" itself and then introduces us to the protagonist Danny McCoyne who is stuck in a dead end job which pays peanuts (also the boss is very annoying) while his story on the family front is more or less the same. A shitty apartment in an unnamed town in a backward neighborhood. A bickering wife (Liz) and three very annoying children. A father-in-law who openly despises him.
So, what is the rest of the story, you ask? That's it. The above paragraph just repeats itself again and again until you hate
the book itself and then after more than halfway through, the story advances somewhat. But I felt that it was too late to salvage the plot.
The most annoying thing is, the ambiguity of the plot is not cleared even at the end. I guess you have to read the rest of the series for that.
When I heard that Guillermo del Toro
was going to produce a motion picture based on this book, I knew I was going to read it before the movie came out. You see, Pan's Labyrinth
is one of my favorite movies, so that stirred my interest for reading this work. Guillermo del Toro
still might make an awesome movie out of this, but I won't recommend reading [b:Hater|263460|Hater (Hater, #1)|David Moody|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1266509430s/263460.jpg|255392] if it is your first [a:David Moody|117582|David Moody|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1248544632p2/117582.jpg] book.
This was my first encounter with his work, but in retrospect I think I should have started reading [a:David Moody|117582|David Moody|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1248544632p2/117582.jpg] with [b:Autumn|263459|Autumn (Autumn, #1)|David Moody|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1173240794s/263459.jpg|255391] instead of this.
Who knows, things might have worked out differently.