Thursday, December 4, 2014

Book Review: Spirit by John Inman

SpiritFrom the blurb:

Jason Day, brilliant designer of video games, is not only a confirmed bachelor, but he’s as gay as a maypole. One wouldn’t think being saddled with his precocious four-year-old nephew for four weeks would be enough to throw him off-kilter.

Wrong. Timmy, Jason’s nephew, is a true handful.

But just when Timmy and Uncle Jason begin to bond, and Jason feels he’s getting a grip on this babysitting business once and for all, he’s thrown for a loop by a couple of visitors—one from Tucson, the other from beyond the grave.

I’m sorry. Say what?

Toss a murder, a hot young stud, an unexpected love affair, and a spooky-ass ghost with a weird sense of humor into Jason’s summer plans, and you’ve got the makings for one hell of a ride.

Todd's Rating:

Spirit was by far one of my favorite John Inman books so far.

This is just an observation, in no way trying to be mean, but some of John's 'under 30' characters tend to come across as being written by someone from a very different generation. Most of my friends are under 30, varying from extremely femme to very masculine, but some of their interests and ways that John's under 30's think simply don't ring very true for me.

However, I was very pleased that this wasn't the case in this book. Both Jason and Sam came across as spot on for their stated ages, and I felt immediate connections with both characters as being genuine.

Plus, Jason and Sam are biological uncles to 4 y.o. Timmy, who's very entertaining. Unlike some stories with kids, Timmy (with his 2 second long 'short attention span theater' thing going on) felt real and not like a plot gimmick, which was great. Nothing gripes my ass more than reading a book when kids are written in as "look at me, look at me, aren't I cute?" little attention whores. No, I don't like that in adults either, so no ageism going on here. ;- )

Not really a spoiler, but I was shocked when no one immediately thought that the ghost could be Timmy's missing-for-3-years father. (Because it was pretty damn obvious.) And who buys a house with basement windows on *4* sides of the house outside, but only *3* walls of basement windows on the inside of the house and doesn't scratch their ass and say, "Hmmm, WTF?" But maybe I'm alone in being observant that way. :- ?

Anyway, feigning cluelessness on several occasions aside, the book was pretty awesome. It was a very nice mix of chasing a 4 year old, watching a budding romance bloom, spooky encounters from beyond the grave and murder mystery. Very entertaining and highly-recommended.

** PS -- If you like Spirit, you would probably like John Inman's book from a few years back, A Hard Winter Rain, which is also set in my hometown of San Diego. We don't get much rain here in SD, but when we do, let me tell you, this book nailed that little experience for me. :- ) I also recommend that book.

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for a fair, unbiased review.

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