So, Field of 13 had a pretty gripping cover and apparently, like Louis L'Amour, Dick Francis is a known name on the bookshelf. Marketed as a thriller, this book is about a bottle where thirteen different stories are put into it to be stowed away, by a family whose names I already forgot. Among these thirteen stories are different times, set in different areas around the United States. What do these have in common? Horses. I was surprised by this, because the cover sure doesn't look like it's Western Entertainment. Anyway, the book starts off telling a story about an easy robbery that takes place at a horse race after a purposeful false alarm of a bomb. The thief makes off with the money and lives it rich as we go to the next story about a man who is murdered in broad daylight with no connection to the murderer. Ever since I saw the overhyped Catch me if you Can, I've had a bad spot for police. All of a sudden, I heard all these different stories about bent cops at Fruitvale Station, the 1992 Los Angeles riots that started with a man named Roy being seen abused by cops, and two books that involve cops getting beaten and humiliated made it onto my ten best books ever list on YouTube. Just type my name and open my channel and you'll find it.
So basically, I usually like it when the thief gets away, but I don't want the thief to get away clean. Well, I do, but I want there to be some suspense about him getting caught and some drama beneath instead of going to the next story and then just forgetting about him. The first three or so stories were horrible but kept my hands on the pages and turning, but then I began to see the pattern and it began to get painful. As I'm typing this, I've only read nine of the thirteen stories, but I really don't see the point in continuing. All of the characters are one-dimensional, the stories are tedious and mean-spirited, and each plot line is and will feel pointless. I finished Dan Simmons' Hyperion a few months back in total agony, which also had these giant stories, but at the very least, they had a reason to be told in the outcome of the climax relating to the Time Tombs, and the characters are together to form an actual story.
I know it's unfair to judge a book after not even finishing it, and I may go back to the book if you hate me that much for this, but I'm in a state right now where if I read the word "horse" again, I might vomit, and that's coming from someone who gave a horse novel a spot on his best list.