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Disappointing lack of story, characters unlikeable
on 16 November 2013
After really enjoying The Bronze Horseman (up until the last part), Tatiana And Alexander was a bit of a let down.
The Summer Garden lacks the gripping plot lines that were present in much of The Bronze Horseman, instead consisting almost entirely of overly-long, rambling sex scenes. The timelines are often hard to follow, and it lacks The Bronze Horseman's rich historical detail. The main characters are far too self-absorbed and sex-obsessed to be likeable, yet you get the impression that the reader is expected to idolise them.
The Summer Garden is readable, but the quality of the writing and the epic scale of the novel deserve a story of better substance and characters the reader can care about.