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3.0 out of 5 stars Gentle, charming tale of latter day writers and an intriguing library., 20 Jan. 2014
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This review is from: The Museum of Literary Souls (Kindle Single) (A Short Story) (Kindle Edition)
Original short story by John Connolly and about as far from the brutal and surreal Charlie Parker series as it's possible to get.

Connolly has taken a simple idea, a man and his relationship with books, and created a gentle, slow, traditional short story that's not at all what I expected.

The main character, Mr Berger, is an eccentric man completely unremarkable and wanting little more out of life than to spend his time with his books. Berger has some good luck and retires to the countryside only to be catapulted from his solitude right into the heart of a mystery surrounding what appears to be a suicide. His research into exactly what happened leads Berger to the doors of a weird and wonderful library where he discovers absolutely nothing is as it seems.

There are a great many references to famous authors, their works and their characters along with various insights into the world of publishing and printing from a bygone era.

Once the initial mystery is revealed very little happens and I had no problem in working out how the story would end and how the fate of Mr Berger would pan out long before the final chapters.

With this story John Connolly has offered his fans an opportunity to see him as an author capable of more than 'the dark side' but; it's just so bland despite the literary class.

I've read everything this particular writer has published but this is such a mellow offering I really don't have any feelings about it one way or another. It's 'a nice little story' but I don't want 'nice little stories' from John Connolly. Disappointed.
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