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This is not a novel , or a collection of short stories, but a meander through the dream archipeligo. In the course of the journey we come across various stories, and different aspects of them in different paces. There are tragedies and affirmations, revenge and sweetness, and more explanation of what is actually happening in the archipeligo and how it got there .
It almost answers questions asked in the original collection of stories , and that really should be read first , to get the most out of this book.
Even on its own though , this is a complex and rewarding book that is best read over several days rather than in one sitting , as its episodic structure lends itself best to that and the vagueness of memory.
I read hundreds of books in a year and few stand out - this one did and still does ; it is a genuine masterwork.
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Initial post: 12 Aug 2013 11:58:46 BDT
Simon Barrett says:
Didn't read the short stories and not sure I want to now - wouldn't they offer a diluted experience compared to this slow build? (I've not previously encountered Priest but doubt if he could cap this, clearly the fruit of a long gestation)
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