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The Bookman, Lavie Tidhar - Interesting idea, but somewhat unsatisfying in the execution.,
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Alternative reality stories are always tempting for authors. And when done well they really work. This is a fair stab at the genre, portraying an alternative Victorian society, populated by famous fictional and historical characters and ruled over by lizards from space. Our main character id Orphan, who, following the death of his dearest love Lucy from a literary bomb, sets out to find the Bookman, a shadowy underworld figure. The plot is OK, but for such a novel to work time has to be taken to explore the characters and the locale, to give one a sense of the alternative reality. Tidhar fails to do either, with most characters and locations appearing simply as name checks. This makes the book an ultimately unsatisfying read, as the basic story has been done a hundred times before and needs the sense of the other world to lift it from the hum drum. Hope is not lost though, there are glimmers of decent writing here, and I feel that with a little help from a friendly editor the sequel has potential to be much better.