Tuesday, February 25, 2014
The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma
This novel is beautifully written and I loved everything about it for the first half. After that it went south for me, morphing into some kind of Howard Hughes sound-alike story. I lost the plot (or Jansma did?) and wasn't ever able to pick it back up. The last 50 pages were a drudgery to slog through and I mourned the absence of the momentum I enjoyed in the first half. Aspiring writers looking for fine examples of word craft will still enjoy Jansma's talent with the written word but beyond that, sadly, I wouldn't recommend it.
You will find an official plot line description at: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15811543-the-unchangeable-spots-of-leopards?from_search=true.