I have a bit of a dilemma on my hands.
To cut a long story short I am friends with a guy who has written several books, almost exclusively football related as he was a sports journalist before taking to books. He wrote two novels a few years back based on my old hometown.
knowing that I am in fact a character in these books, I have declined to read them up till now. I started the first one today. I am about half way through and I am not enjoying it as much as I thought I would. The story is good, but we are seemingly stuck in the past. The book is about a murder and we are stuck in the days leading up to it for chapter after chapter now, its all just chit chat in the pub at the moment.
I love the author to bits, and I understand why he has written it in this way but so far I have gone from loving how his sense of humour tells a great tale of my tiny hometown to feeling like I am back behind the bar listening to the same old chit chat day after day. I hope it will improve, in fact I am sure it will but I just feel this middle part is going on far too long.
He will expect me to review the book, he will likely ask me for my personal feedback what on earth do I do?
He is a ridiculously well respected non-fiction writer and he always told me about this novel he was going to write. People obviously love it, the second was published a while back and he is currently writing the third. Is it maybe just not my cup of tea? Oh I do hope it gets back to being funny in the next chapter and perhaps even gets back to the issue at hand: the murder.