I am a mood reader. At any given point, I have a stack of five or six books of assorted genres on my nightstand, accompanied by at least as many on my Kindle. I never know what I’ll be in the mood to read from one day to the next, so there they sit, waiting patiently for me to read them. Historical fiction, sci-fi, contemporary literature, short stories — I already had quite a collection going when I swung by the library the other week. Even so, when I saw Undermajordomo Minor sitting on the new release display, I grabbed it. A little bit of fantasy was exactly what I needed to round out the stack.
The story is about a young man named Lucien Minor. Lucy (as he is usually called) has done much of nothing with his life. Adrift with no friends, no future, no dreams to speak of, the local priest intervenes and helps Lucy find employment in a remote village as the assistant to the Majordomo at the castle of Baron Von Aux. The story meandered along pleasantly enough with a cast of likable enough characters until out of the blue, it completely jumped the shark, leaving me utterly perplexed by the bizarre turn of events.
Up until that point, I would have called it a pleasant and amusing read. Like the moment when Tom Cruise jumped on Oprah’s couch, however, once it happened, there was no going back. DeWitt did his best to step down off the proverbial couch and get the story back on track, but even so, I still didn’t quite know what to say.
Have you ever read a story that went completely out in left field for no apparent reason? Were you able to get back into it after that, or did you just keep thinking about that moment? I’d love to hear about it.
Until then, happy reading!
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