March 27, 2011

Review: Journal of a UFO Investigator by David Halperin

Journal of a UFO Investigator: A Novel

In 1966 sixteen-year old Danny Shapiro's world becomes too difficult to bear. His mother is terminally ill and his father is angry and doesn't understand him. On top of the stress at home his best friend Jeff has moved on to other friends and the girl he likes moves away.  To cope with his troubles he immerses himself into the world of UFO investigation and creates a new reality that he documents in his Journal of a UFO Investigator.

The majority of the book is told through the journal and Danny takes us on a wild, adventurous and sometimes mind-blowing ride.

I'm really on the fence about this one. It was a great story but it was so bizarre and jumpy that I almost gave up on it halfway through. I still can't get a good grasp on why I liked it because even all the way to the end I kept thinking, 'Why am I still reading this?'  The book has a 5-star rating on Amazon so I'm sure there was just something I couldn't see past. I would recommend this for anyone who loves sci-fi with an intellectual twist. 


bermudaonion said...

Hm, bizarre and jumpy doesn't sound too appealing to me. I think I'll skip this one.

Enid Wilson said...

Thoughts of teenage boys can be very difficult to grasp. I hope it has some surprising turns.