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Mr. Monk In Outer Space – Cosmic Disaster!
A friend of mine has once again shoved a Mr. Monk book in my face, trying to convince me to change my opinion about the detective. Carmen is a good guy, but unfortunately a real fan of the TV series. (By the way, “fan” is a shortened version of the word “fanatic” – an obsessed person who cannot see the difference between right or wrong. Keep that in mind.) Upon his insistence and with great reluctance, I picked up the tome, and started reading and turning pages. The following is my concluded opinion:
In this book, Mr. Monk (a knock-off of Lt. Columbo) is doing his very best impersonation of Jerry Seinfeld doing his impersonation of Mr. Bean. The target this time for his brainless ranker, are a bunch of Scifi conventioneers, which I’m sure the good people who visit the Star Trek and Star Wars Conventions, would be most offended by the book’s portrayal to say the least. (However, if you have a baser type of humor, which includes the enjoyment through the mockery and hurt of others, then this book should be most appealing.)
Anyway, another murder is committed, and standard police doctrine, practices, and techniques are totally ignored for the quest of bad entertainment. By this, I cannot see how this book can even remotely be considered as a murder mystery. It does not have any of the true elements that make it such. I consider this book as nothing more than a poor attempt at low comedy … and total trash! It was so bad that I couldn’t finish it. I also had a real problem with the subtle cynicism, childish dialog, and completely dumb situations that are encased between its covers. And from reviewing the two Mr. Monk books that Carmen shared with me, I am sadly left with an impression of the writer laughing his way to the bank saying, “Yup! Fooled them again!”
However, my friend has indeed has truly managed to change my opinion about Mr. Monk – it went from bad to worse! Mr. Monk in Outer Space – let it fall into the oblivion of a black hole!