With my forward out of the way, let’s get right into Michael Dobbs’ House of Cards!
First of all, what took me off guard is that the book takes place in England. Again, I know very little about either the book or the adaptation at this point, but the Netflix series takes place in the United States, as far as I can tell. At least from the promotional image on Netflix.
Anyway, first of all we get introduced to Mattie Storin, a frazzled, busy journalist. I’m pretty sure “frazzled” “busy” and “journalist” are synonyms, but I digress. She’s busy because it’s election day, and there’s bound to be a lot to cover. I appreciate that Dobbs is getting right to it. There are few things that annoy me more than a book that won’t just get on with it. I’m curious to see what becomes of her in the future, but for now the book moves on. It’s just that the first few chapters seem to want to get character introductions done as soon as possible to get to the real action. I appreciate that, even if it took a bit of effort to follow the book’s pace at first.
Next up we meet some of the politicians whose careers hang in the balance. Charles Collingridge is a marquis with a drinking problem. He’s not elected, he inherited his title. We don’t see much of him beyond his drinking on election night, but we’ll need to wait and see what happens with him in the future.
The first two chapters give the reader a glimpse into the lives of two of the characters. It’s a good stopping point for part one, since it seems like it transitions into some real plot in the third chapter. So far the positives have been that it wastes no time getting to what’s really important, and a negative would be it actually throws information at the reader rather quickly and it takes a bit to acclimate. Still, right off the bat I’m interested in where this goes, and i’m looking forward to the rest of this review.