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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of its Kind
In response to an earlier review, I have just reached the point where I can read this again, 10 years after first reading it, and I can confirm that it just gets better with time. Wilkie Collins, Dickens, Conan Doyle are all pastiched wonderfully and knowingly in this book, but with a level of interpretation which eludes all but the most observant readers on first reading...
Published on 15 Mar 2006 by Dr Damian Hodgson

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3.0 out of 5 stars A long way from Dickens
This book is often referred to as a 'Victorian novel' or even as 'a homage to Dickens', but it is not particularly convincing even as a pastiche, and certainly never reaches the heights of Dickens, or even of Wilkie Collins best works. One reviewer has suggested that it is better than Dickens because it does not rely so heavily on over-stretched coincidence. Well it's...
Published on 7 Nov 2009 by Mr. N. R. Ash


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1.0 out of 5 stars Quincunx a victorian pastiche, 14 July 2005
This review is from: The Quincunx: The Inheritance of John Huffam (Paperback)
Terrible ! Long winded, drawn out and frankly tedious. This book is trying to be a Dickens combined with a Wilkie Collins and is as good as neither. It is about 800 words too long and frankly life is too short for this type of drivel. My advice, don't bother there is too much good literature out there to get through first.
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10 of 37 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bah, humbug..., 26 July 2007
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This review is from: The Quincunx: The Inheritance of John Huffam (Paperback)
After reading a number of five star reviews on this site I decided to purchase this book. Oh dear, how I wish I hadn't. I was expecting a book that would be challenging, thoughtful, intelligent and satisfying. Sadly, what I got was a pretentious, incredibly boring and almost unreadable pastiche of a Victorian mystery novel.

Do yourselves a favour and pick up a real Dickens novel instead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a tour de force, 1 Aug 2007
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what can i say, this book is mind-blowing. i literally coundn't put this book down, it is definitely one of the best books i have ever read.
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