I was the one who participated so much in the negative reviews of SW's last book, "Kisser".
First of all, I'm old and have bad eyes. I will buy the Kindle or audio book version first or, if not available, the paper book. The lack of availability of a particular format does not stop me for one minute if I want to read a book I've been waiting for. If you've kept up with events in the publishing world since the intro of the IPad, you would know that a renewed 4-way struggle exists between authors, paper book publishers, Apple and Amazon about splitting up the financial pie on electric books. This book would have been available on Kindle, on day one, had it not been for the recent strong-arming by Apple of paper book publishers and Amazon's price increase on many of the Kindle books due to the "electronic book wars," intensified with the intro of the IPad. Has anyone noticed Kindle prices went up in April on many of their books? Hello! The last person to blame, BTW, is the Author. They deal from the position of least strength.
But, in my opinion, this is no more the place to snivel and whine about that than it is to write 15 paragraphs in a blow-by-blow of the books plot or (my favorite) to write", I received the book in just a few days and it was "as represented" and I would buy from this seller again." This is not eBay, for crying out loud. Here is where we're supposed to write about, "HOW WE LIKED THE BOOK!!"
Upset about the diluted plots and weak character development of some of the later SW books and, especially, his sex scenes that had become, in my opinion, juvenile pornography, I had threatened to quit buying hos books. However, I ended up not being able to do that. When Lucid Intervals (L.I.) hit the streets, I'm really glad I gave Stuart one last chance. I thought his treatment of sex in L.I. was perfect and very tasteful! Only once did I find myself cringing and telling myself, "This scene would have been just as good without the sex". Good for you, Mr. Woods! I don't know if he reads the Amazon reviews but with L.I., I felt that he must have. This book was "back to classic Stuart Woods" and I'm really glad to have him back!!
I also liked the reintroduction of Herbie, one of Woods newest characters. He makes for a lot of fun in the book and also makes it easy to overlook Stone and Dino's constant and boring "fine dining" at Elaine's. I've never liked the food or conversation so well I'd be willing to eat dinner in the same place more than twice a month. Considering Stones huge appetite for sex, I continue to be surprised that he eats dinner at the same place every night. I also have never been able to understand why Woods writes the Stone character as so "upper crust" with his language. Stone's hardly a descendent of the Asters. I always wonder, when starting a new Woods book, how long before I'll read that dreaded line of Stones, "I'm of council...." He's a "Fixer" for crying out loud, who deals with thugs, gangsters and hoodlums who shoot at him all day. I wish Woods would quit making him sound like a Blue Blood. I think I hear it 3 times in this book.
SW writes about flying and boats because he is an avid and very accomplished pilot and yachtsman and, as a result, knows a lot about both. Why wouldn't he include it in his plots? I liked the parts in the book about flying because I'm interested in flying too.
L.I. was true SW and I enjoyed it a lot. The "Old Boy" still has it! He is coming to the Portland area for a signing May 5th and, although I don't usually drive at night, I'm going to figure out a way to be there just to tell him I really felt he'd given us what we paid for with this book and that I liked it a lot. We don't buy Woods books because he's the new Hemingway, we buy them to be entertained and, unlike Kisser and some of his more recent efforts, :ucid Intervals was pure Stuart Woofs, I was very entertained with the book and would strongly recommend it to others.
Michael Roeper, Portland, Oregon