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Too drawn out and no proper ending,
This review is from: The Flood (Paperback)
This is the first full novel that Ian Rankin ever wrote, having previously only written some short stories. In the recently-added introduction he says that he started writing this as a short story and later developed it into a full-length novel; it certainly shows. The story is not just slow, there is so little plot or storyline to it that it is really all about characterisation and insights into family and community matters, without anything significant actually happening for most of the book. It really needs more of a storyline to carry it along. Had it been short-story length it would have been OK.
The ending is dreadful - the book just sort of fizzle out. After reading such a slow, dragging story I felt quite cheated by it all.
There are indications of Ian Rankin's skill as a writer, but overall this book left me wondering why I bothered reading it. I'll stick to his Rebus novels in future.
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Initial post: 16 Feb 2011 12:25:09 GMT
I don't think it is sound to generalize that all non-Rebus books are bad. I see that this is his first book, and his later ones may be as good as Rebus books. His talent and occasional brilliance are evident here.
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