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3.0 out of 5 stars Myth, mystery, but mainly mystifying., 18 July 2013
This review is from: The Deep (S.F. MASTERWORKS) (Paperback)
In the world founded on The Deep, the hand you are dealt in life is more than just a metaphor, and you must learn fast if you want to stay in the game.

Well, it's just about science fictional enough, but in many ways this is a fantasy allegory and there's more Game of Thrones here than the cover betrays. It's all about about the grapples for power between two noble houses in a medieval fantasy setting, while mysterious assassins and outlanders also threaten the kingdom. Amid the intrigue, a sexless, inhuman visitor appears; he is your traditional SF trope, the alien observer, but has no idea of his mission. The Visitor, bereft of purpose, becomes embroiled in the turbulent politics of the world he has been sent to observe, all the while trying desperately to recover his lost memories.

It's a short read, with a nice twist that reminded me of To Your Scattered Bodies Go, but I didn't race through it; Crowley's prose is often poetic, but occasionally impenetrable; there were several paragraphs I had to re-read, and a couple that I couldn't make sense of. In the end, this tale was underwhelming; the action was exciting enough, but while the symbolism is straightforward, I felt that there was some allegorical subtext that I wasn't getting and, worse, I also felt like I'd guessed the whole "mystery" by the end of the first chapter.
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The Deep (S.F. MASTERWORKS) by John Crowley (Paperback - 11 July 2013)
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