February 23, 2014 by Beth - I SNIFF BOOKS blog
Recently I finished FlashForward by Robert J Sawyer. Apparently this book is based on a tv show, but since we don’t subscribe to tv, I have never seen the show. I’m a firm believer that all books are so much better than the movie (or tv show), but in this case the book FlashForward was not that good. Which makes me wonder if the tv series was any good? Is what “modern” sci-fi writing is like? I tend to read (and love) more “classic” sci-fi by the likes of Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C Clarke, and Philip K Dick. But yet I have read “modern” sci-fi like Replay and The Man Who Turned into Himself — both with time travel themes like FlashForward — and enjoyed them. But, again, I was not a fan of FlashForward. FlashForward had more “science” in it than the other two titles I just mentioned, which is great since I like my sci-fi hard, but I felt the fiction part just wasn’t up to speed. I knew I was in trouble when in the beginning of the book Sawyer provided a brief description of the characters appearances and clothes — I don’t think I’ve ever come across this kind of character description in any of my other sci-fi/fantasy reading, but if I did, it was necessary to the story. I will admit I was entertained by the story — I stayed up until 1am last night finishing it, but ultimately I was let down, especially at the end. I felt the book was a bit too forced at times, some plot events occurred a bit quickly without really having a cause. I was constantly was aware that I was reading a “story.” The last few chapters were a let down, and I definitely rolled my eyes when I read the last two sentences. Still I give this book 3 out of 5 stars, simply because I was entertained enough to keep reading, but ultimately I do not recommend this book.