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A damp squib,
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This review is from: PopCo (Paperback)
I was a great fan of The End of Mr Y - a fast paced, intelligently written novel that ropes in the mundane with the wild and fantastic. Sadly PopCo is a pale shadow of its successor, though it seems to be to me the compost from which Mr Y springs.
There's the accomplished prose, the extensive research, the believable characterisation.
Sadly, there's the absence of a structured plot, a didactic lecturing style about the evils of modern capitalism (I'm no fan myself, but resent the implication that I need a story to be convinced), a disproportionate preoccupation with plot elements that never lead anywhere (see homeopathy), and and ending that is seems contrived and unconvincing. Like other readers I was fully expecting a twist that never came. I found myself getting more and more irritated with the main character the further on I got, and really only stayed on to the end because I'd committed time to read the first 300 pages.
Mr Y is so much better, hopefully this means that Scarlett Thomas is developing as a writer.