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An icy road to nowhere,
This review is from: The Snow (Gollancz S.F.) (Hardcover)I wanted to like The Snow. I really did.
The idea of this refreshingly different post-apocalyptic tale had great potential and the opening 50 pages were genuinely interesting, ringing faint echoes of Terry Nation's seminal "Survivors".
Then, however, following the central character Tira's rescue, the tale loses direction and gets hopelessly bogged down. I have to confess that I found neither Tira nor any of the other characters particularly likeable or engaging and, regarding the accounts of their endless politics, cumbersome characterisation and yawn-inducing relationships, I, quite frankly, couldn't give a damn.
Furthermore, Roberts' excessive use of [blank] and [expletive deleted] to express the regime of censorship under which Tira is obliged to write her journal, is immensely irritating to plough through. One chapter of this material would surely have sufficed? But no. Roberts gives us hundreds of pages of the stuff and by around page 200, I very nearly gave up.
Early on, Tira writes that "at the beginning people were happy..." then though things "became tiresome, and then oppressive, and then something worse, became calamitous". That kinda echoes how I felt waking up to realise I still had a gruelling 250 pages to read!
I persevered though and was partly rewarded by a moderately interesting twist as the closing revelations approached.
Then, though, the book merely peters out to nothing.
An opportunity lost.
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Initial post: 16 Sep 2013 00:47:11 BDT
I gave up about half way. As you say after the initial premise nothing really happens and Tira as a companion would have been dull pre or post disaster.
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