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The lake house : a novel
James Patterson
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When the Wind Blows (1998), to which this is a sequel, has been Patterson's "most successful novel around the world," according to an author's note. That novel, about children genetically engineered to fly, also thrilled most critics. This one won't, despite some charms, and the reason manifests itself in the three paragraphs-paragraphs, mind-that begin chapter 41: "They were elated to be together again-the flock! The tribe! The family!" Patterson tends toward shorthand writing, and generally it works in his favor, but the problem here is that exclamation points do not engender deep emotions within readers! Nor do italics. And the novel is strewn with both, as well as with too much dumbed-down prose. The plot isn't much to boast about, either. In the original, Max the flying bird-girl and her "siblings" were menaced by the mad scientists who ran the vile laboratory known as "the School," but were helped in escaping by erstwhile narrator Frannie O'Neill, a veterinarian, and Kit Brennan, an FBI agent. Here, Max and her five siblings are menaced by the mad scientist who runs the vile laboratory known as "the Hospital" but are helped by erstwhile narrator Frannie and Kit. So what's new? Not much, other than a few neat touches (for instance, the villain, Dr. Ethan Kane, is addicted to M&Ms) and-in by far the best section of the novel, not coincidentally one in which Patterson slows down-a truly moving description of how Max and the oldest male bird-child mate. The rest is an extended hunt and chase, as Kane goes after Max and her siblings in a medical conspiracy so outrageously unbelievable that readers will blink in wonder. The pages move like the wind that lifts Max's wings, of course, but Patterson can, and has, done far better than this.(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.

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Back from When the Wind Blows, six children who survived brutal government experiments want to return to the "lake house" belonging to their rescuers. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Frannie O'Neill
Female
Widow
Veterinarian

Thomas Brennan, aka Kit Harrison
Male
Widower
FBI agent

Max
Female
Age: Teenager
Genetically altered; winged; ultrasmart and superstrong; leader of the flock of six winged children.

Ozymandias
Male
Age: Teenager
Genetically altered; winged; ultrasmart and superstrong.

Ethan Kane
Male
Addicted to M&Ms; head of the Resurrection Project; megalomaniac.
Scientist



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