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This review is from: The Islanders (Hardcover)
The Islanders promises much, even to those unfamiliar with Priest's earlier work, but specifically to those of us who have heard about the Dream Archipelago before and are interested in its next chapter, by promising a 'chinese puzzle' of a novel that is likely to keep us guessing from the start right until the end. As it is, The Islanders feels less like a novel than a series of vignettes (which, undoubtedly was its intention) that are connected by the intricacies and nuances of the world that Priest so effortlessly creates. And herein lies Priest's real talent, as was seen in 1981's The Affirmation, of creating not only a wonderful, colourful world, but a tangible sense of that world through the eyes of the characters. Once again this is done very, very well in The Islanders, and although the ending of the book leaves many unanswered questions for readers to ponder over, as is Priest's trademark it seems, it is this very imaginative ride across the Dream Archipelago that holds in it the real pleasure in the read. Once again I found myself rocketing through a Priest book, fascinated at every turn and more than a little content to shut off my thoughts and allow his world to consume me.