What I'm Reading: The Gargoyle - Update
Why did it take me months to finish my review of this book? Well the reason has nothing to do with the book itself.
I stopped reading The Gargoyle after around 3-4 chapters back in April.
It starts with a horrific car accident involving an unnamed character. The author goes into great detail with the damages to the car and injuries to the driver setting an interesting tone for the rest of the book. One that I was happy to explore.
The remainder of what I read was two fold. Firstly, the victim, goes into the painful specifics of what happened to him, and all the medical procedures done to heal him, but the burns he suffered were so severe that skin grafts weren't taking to his body. He became known as the Burned Man. The second portion of what I read, was a detailing of who he was before the drug and alcohol induced accident. To hear him tell it, he was the hetero-king of the gay porn world.
That should begin to paint the picture of who this character is. And therein lies my problem with the book, and why I stopped reading it. The main character, the protagonist, our point of view into the world of this book, has absolutely zero redeeming qualities, and unless you're a drug-fueled straight man in the gay porn industry (more power to you), he is completely unrelatable and beyond unlikeable.
After a dozen pages or so, I was glad he suffered that accident, and would have been happy if the book ended with him dying as a result of it. Instead there was still another 400 pages or so left with this degenerate. And it was at this point I bowed out, closing the book.
Reading a summary of the book, I see that it turns into a time spanning love story of redemption and religion, and all I can find myself wishing for was for new episodes of Disney's Gargoyles.
It should be arbitrary at this point, but here we go, on to the rating...
Maybe this book has it's fans, and with nearly 4 stars on Good Reads, it clearly does, but I cannot count myself among them. The beginning of a book is crucial in setting the tone for the rest of the read. If I'm presented with a completely unlikable character from the first page, why do I want to go through the journey of getting to the last page? This is a hard pass for me.
Come back next week for the next book I read, or at least attempt to.