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Not his best,
This review is from: The Scar (New Crobuzon 2) (Paperback)
I've loved his other books and there is a lot to enjoy about this one too. Sure its a bit long but its full of good storylines so I've no complaints about that.
However the ending did disappoint massively, another review described it as fizzling out which seems a bit right.
However in addition to fizzling out it was a bit annoying that the contradictory and confusing behavior of some of the characters was not elaborated on. In particular one of the main characters, who seems to be discretely directing events, remains an enigma right to the end of the book. You never know for sure what he did, but you also never understand why he behaved in such and odd an contradictory manner.
That would be fine if you felt these characters were going to appear in future books, where the reasons for there enigmatic behavior was explored, but I doubt that is the case.
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Initial post: 15 Nov 2012 22:41:21 GMT
I'm with you - to an extent - but I wasn't expecting closure ... forgive me for being slightly pretentious but I'm not clear there is (or was meant to be) closure.. he's painted something and it's amazing and intricate - so *many* lose ends, so much detail - if there is no closure I'm not concerned - I've loved the journey!
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Nov 2012 09:02:16 GMT
C. Jack says:
I can see what you mean, closure is maybe too much to ask for but I thought he went too far in the other direction. Maybe I'm looking at it the wrong way though, the fact the ending raised more questions that answers is maybe just a sign he plans to write more books in this part of his world.
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Nov 2012 22:39:38 GMT
Perhaps it is... there's so much there to explore and explain (if that's even possible ...) - I'm of a mind that the delight and dance of the intricate prose is as much of a treat as the thread and the weave of the narrative and that closure is unlikely ;-)
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