Top critical review
long and slow, but deep
8 April 2009
This book is something i have wanted to read for years, and the trilogy took me a long time to finish.
The first book starts off slowly, immersing you into a world where little really happens. The greatness is in the characters themselves. I have never read any books before or after where the characters are as memorable, they just build such a strong picture of themselves. Despite the slow start the book picks up at the end, and things get quite a bit more interesting.
Building on the first book, the second really starts becoming a good book. The plotline become much stronger, and all those random things start merging into something conceivable. It doesnt have the feel of just irregular chapters the first book does, and it even keeps you on the edge of your seat in places. Easily the best of the three, and after reading it you will be glad you read the first book to have built such a picture of gormenghast in your head.
The third book on the other hand was unfinished by the author, and it does feel like reading a first draft all the way through. The chapters are very short, and there are a lot of them. Most of the characters are one sided, with maybes only 2 or 3 being brought to life in the way the characters from the other two books were. I finished reading this for the sake of completeness, and was left dissapointed, as it ended soon after it was finally becoming interesting.
Overall the book is definately worth buying, although the writing does show its age more than other books from the same period. really anybody who enjoys being immersed in a fantasy world, and doesnt mind a bit of darkness and gothic style will like this book.