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A compelling read, and a page turner to boot
on 30 November 2013
This is a great read. What makes it so good is the unique way the story is woven together. Different authors each write a chapter or two, so you get different writing styles and different views on the book's protagonists. And yet the story hangs together brilliantly - it's as if each author has hung his or her chapter on a clothesline representing the thread of the story, but done so in the correct order, making for a compelling read.
The effect is similar to reading a graphic novel where each chapter has been drawn by a different artist. The story remains constant, and yet you get a different view of the characters and the world they inhabit. Brilliant.
The story itself is intoxicating - how a simple and seemingly innocuous red telephone box can touch and affect so many people's lives in some wonderfully fanciful yet sometimes possibly sinister ways.
I have to admit that halfway through the story I would have been happy to be a character in the book who just sat outside said phone box and watched what happened to each person who entered it. Reading it you'll find yourself unsure as to what is going to happen to a given character next should they enter the phone box. Or leave it...
All of the characters are likeable, and I have to admit that there was no one person whom I took a dislike too. Each chapter deals with a different character, some you wind up rooting for more than others, and some get their just deserts in a timely manner. I never got the feeling that any one character did not fit in the story, the characters are well defined and have a depth that give the story a direction and foundation.
If you enjoy fantasy tinged with mild horror, this is a great read. The story isn't too heavy, and flows really well. A lot of care and attention has gone into the concept and writing style of this book, and it shows. This is not some trashy novel, and after reading it you'll be thinking about the story for days. All good.