In case you all haven't noticed, I love atmosphere. I love to read just the right book, at the right time, in the right place, for the right mood and no month is more atmospheric then October. To this end I picked up the book Death Watch by Ari Berk because both the cover and the description sounded perfect for a dreary October afternoon. Unfortunately a lack of focus made this book less then it should have been, but first as always SPOILERS AHEAD!
then he is weird. Silas's mother has done her best to force his father to appear to lead a normal life. The family lives in Saltbridge, a town close to Lichport. Silas's mother insists that no word about his fathers real work be told to him, and Lichport is rarely mentioned in their home. One day Silas's father does not come home. Silas's mother does her best to keep things normal, but her excessive drinking and inability to understand her son makes her mean. They move back to Lichport to live with Silas's rich Uncle (who is brother to his father) and right away he senses something is wrong. He eventually discovers the house that his father worked out of while he was in Lichport and is given the keys and free reign to it by Mrs. Bowe a woman who helps the Undertaker with his ambiguous work. Silas finds a watch in his father's belongings that when stopped allows him to see the dead in their spirit forms. The watch is called a Death Watch and is one of a zillion partially explained artifact that an Undertaker can use in his work. About 37 different storylines appear and disappear through out the book. In the end I guess part of what happened was that Silas's Uncle had a son who died and he has spent the last couple of years killing people to try and appease his ghost, including his wife, and Silas's dad. He wanted to figure out a way to keep Silas with him, thinking that giving his ghost kid a "brother" would some how make him happy. Uncle is chased out by assorted ghosts, ghouls, living, dead, zombies and birds that had something to do with the story and he eventually was trapped aboard a ghost ship of evil people...which also had its own partial storyline. Silas takes up his dad's work and there are two more books to confuse us with.
What makes or breaks a book for you? Is there such thing as too many stories? Am I just not smart enough for this book?