I expected to read an Anna Pigeon mystery. There was a lot of E/Heath and Denise/Paulette, little Anna and virtually no Acadia National Park. Two subplots, cybermobbing and Huntingdon, were not explored, but forced together in a novel that reads rather like a sketch for a mystery, still hanging onto a lot of extra material. Readers who are new to Nevada Barr/Anna Pigeon better start with any other of her books. Followers of Anna will probably not be stopped from reading it. The more is the pity.
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3,0 von 5 SternenWhere's Anna?
29. Mai 2016 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Ahhhh, I miss the good old days when an Anna Pigeon novel actually featured Anna, instead of just throwing her in for cameo appearances here and there. The stories used to actually be about the Parks as well, and I felt like I was visiting the national treasures. But this story didn't even need Acadia National Park. The titular Boar Island is near the Park, but not part of it. There's an antagonist who's a park ranger, but that's tangential to the story - she could have had any profession. If you like the character of Heath Jarrod, who has appeared in previous Barr novels, you'll probably like this one better than I did. Personally, I'll just keep hoping that #20 gets back to Anna and the Parks.
I have loved the Anna Pigeon books for years, especially the earlier ones. But Ms Barr has taken a left turn into a very dark place, with very little to do with the magnificent National Parks and Anna, park ranger, front and center. If she wants to do a spin-off series with Gwen, Heath, and Elizabeth as the protagonists, okay;, but don't market them as Anna Pigeon mysteries. Frankly I had quite enough of those three characters in Destroyer Angel (and I am truly sympathetic to their various traumatic life experiences, but enough is enough) and that story line is not one I choose to read, nor what I expect when purchasing an Anna Pigeon novel. I couldn't even finish this book, because I got tired of the hysteria, the robo-butt references (neither funny nor encouraging), the foolish actions supposedly intelligent women take. I assume it must be difficult for an author to sustain constantly engaging and believable storylines for the primary sleuth, but I think Ms Barr is capable of that. All I can think is that, starting somewhere around Burn, and certainly with Destroyer Angel and this current work, Boar Island, Ms Barr has either lost her way, is tired of Anna , or has totally jumped the shark. Farewell, Anna Pigeon. It was great while it lasted but it might be time to retire the old green and gray, and ride off quietly into the sunset. And to think what a great job could have been done, with this year the 100th anniversary of the National Parks System.
4,0 von 5 SternenNot the best Anna Pigeon novel out there.
28. Mai 2016 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
I have been a fan of Anna Pigeon from the first book. Love Barr's style of wrapping a good mystery in the backdrop of a beautiful National Park. I loved Anna as a women in a job not typically associated with women. She was strong and independent and clever. I found her weaknesses to be the things that drove her to be strong. I liked Boar Island, I liked the subject matter of this book, too. However, I didn't like the fact that Acadia Nat'l Park was hardly in the book, whereas the parks are like another character in most of Nevada Barr's books. I also didn't like the whole story line that could have happened without Anna Pigeon even being involved. She was almost a secondary character in this book. I realize that Anna is getting older, but I think she was a bit too 'old' in this book and what about her husband? We barely got a mention of him.
All in all, not as great a book as her earlier ones where the parks played a major role in the stories. I would still recommend this book to anyone who is a Anna Pigeon fan, though.
If you are new to Nevada Barr please DO NOT start with Boar Island.
I am a big fan of her Anna Pigeon series. I read through the long series one right after the other because they are so well done. Each is set in a different national park, where Anna is a ranger, and the atmosphere and characteristics of the parks is an important part of each book.
The book just before Boar Island varies this pattern. In Destroyer Angel Anna and some women friends, as well as dog Wiley, are on a camping trip. They are set upon by some very bad men. Mayhem ensues as the guys are defeated one by one. (Its been more than a year since I read Destroyer Angel but the memory of it is still fresh.)
So it seemed like a good idea for author Barr to want to bring the women, and Wiley, together again with new dangers to confront.
Alas, the situation they deal with seems too contrived and the bad folks seem weakly/weirdly motivated. The setting is Acadia park in Maine but there is no atmosphere in the story built around this fact.
I still might have rated this book 3 stars because Barr writes well with good character interaction. But I couldn't go above 2 stars because Boar Island was boring! There are endless descriptions of some of the characters states of mind, thoughts and feelings moving them to action. Same states of mind repeated over and over.
By a third of the way into the book I found I was pushing myself to continue reading; I actually skimmed the final 50 pages because I had become so uninterested. (In all other Anna Pigeon books I would have to force myself to stop reading to save some enjoyment for later.)
Thus, my advice to new Nevada Barr readers. Start with Destroyer Angel if you want a really great experience.
I am a huge fan of Nevada Barr, but this book was very disappointing. Unlike others, little focus on the Park itself (Acadia in Maine) and involvement of the main character, Anna Pigeon, was mostly peripheral. It was all about the characters, many of whom were drawn from an earlier book and not very interesting. (By halfway point, I felt if I read about Robo-Butt once more I'd just put the book down.) It lacked the social consciousness of other books, which in addition to providing the atmosphere of the particular National Park, provided biting commentary about relevant social issues. The only other plot line beside Robo-Butt was a psycho. Not a typical book at all, and pretty much of a dud IMO.