The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma is a book about a diligent aspiring writer who tries to overcome his effortlessly skillful rival in writing. I know it doesn’t sound like much but trust me, there’s something here.
WHY I PICKED IT UP
The title caught my eye initially. The jacket blurb plot sounded just okay, but the writer’s voice was talked up so much I figured it was worth a look. I actually read this one in the bookstore, not on my e-reader as I usually do.
WHERE/WHY IS STOPPED
I stopped two pages into chapter two as our first person narrator is comparing his weighty novella against his rival’s airy short story in a pointed scene. BUT I only stopped because it was time to leave the bookstore.
WHAT COULD BE BETTER, IF ANYTHING
It’s hard for me to think how this peice could be improved; the opening is strong and the main character, though nameless, is infinitely relatable as a high schooler pining after a rich girl he could never have. Jansma’s hooks are subtle, but all the better for it as we are almost immediately invested in our hero getting the girl through his antics incognito at a debutante’s ball.
True to the jacket, the Author’s voice has an inner-monologue-like cadence which makes it easy and enjoyable to read.
I guess if I had to give constructive criticism I would say the flahsback scene might be a bit overdramatic and underdescribed, but it’s a very nitpicky thing.
This was a good one, and I definintely intend to keep going with it. Might be a while (I’ve got a pretty big list now) but I’ll try to follow up as I finish.