Finding Camlann by Sean Pidgeon by Sean Pigeon, is about a scholar’s search for the truth behind the Arthurian legend. Its dust jacket hinted at adventure.
WHY I PICKED IT UP
I saw the stylish cover art and was intrigued by the jacket blurb.
WHERE/WHY I STOPPED
I stopped when the main character, bored of reading his own manuscript, began doodling in the margins of a newspaper. This was on page 18.
WHAT COULD BE BETTER, IF ANYTHING
Something should happen. I don’t care what. Anything. You know what? Nothing actually HAS to happen—if you just hint, telegraph, foreshadow, or promise something WILL happen, it would be enough to keep us reading, Sean.
The opening pages are dedicated to establishing how unsatisfied the main character is with his academic manuscript. Repeatedly. You could do it once and we’d get it. I get the sense Mr. Pigeon has the dual goals of telling a story and enlightening the reader with his own academic interpretation of the Arthur mythos. Those things belong in two different books.
To his credit, Mr. Pigeon is excellent at establishing setting, the premise sounds interesting, and I still WANT to like this book.