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So much potential, but it didn't quite do it for me
on 8 June 2007
The first half of this book absolutely blew me away, I thought it was one of the most incredible things I'd ever read, I got through it in a couple hours and was hungry for more. Then I came to Part 2, and suddenly I felt like I'd spoken too soon.
I really would love if someone could explain to me what on earth the section where they go into the world of the dogs is actually about, how it relates to anything else in the story, why it's there, or why it's interesting - and I don't say that sarcastically, I really do want to know, because I was LOVING this book up until that section.
I also started going off it when it became all about his incestuous relationship with his sister, not because I'm a prude but because the subject of incest felt like it was there simply for shock value and nothing more and I just thought it seemed irrelevant.
Then it built back up again and was breaktaking for me, again, and I was hopeful that, over all, I'd be in love with this book - but then it just ended. Again, can someone please explain to me what on earth happened at the end? Did the book actually conclude? Because I thought the ending was a total cop-out, it felt like he'd created such an ambitious fantasy world, he didn't know what to do with it, and I just don't like when books go with the 'safe' denouement of 'well, it's all over now, so-and-so is doing this now, and the last time i saw person x he was busy with this, and I'm here doing this thing blah blah the end'. The summary was just so cheesy and empty and dissatisfying, I felt SO disappointed, particularly because, as I say, I really did expect to be blown away by this novel.