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David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
Malcolm Gladwell

The Dangerous Days of Daniel X

The Dangerous Days of Daniel X - James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge One problem that I consistently see in Patterson's books is that his character's powers aren't stable. In Maximum Ride, the powers aren't so much Deus ex Machina as more or less random and not really plot-relevant since some powers just go away (? where?) and it doesn't really say what happens. In Daniel X, the powers are pretty much Deus ex Machina. Also, this dude isn't very creative.

And this kind of story-telling gives you a pretty limited view of events. It's particularly annoying when the character goes, "Oh! And I actually did have all these resources and an epic plan that I just haven't mentioned up 'till now."