The End of the Sentence by Maria Dahvana Headley (2014-09-30) Hardcover – January 1, 1760
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- ASIN : B01K9BSJE8
- Publisher : Subterranean Press (January 1, 1760)
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However... I felt like the thrilling mystery was made secondary to Malcolm's inner battles. Of course his issues are important in understanding his character, but it reaches the point where it feels like the plot isn't progressing due to Malcolm's inability to cope with the events that are happening to him, both past and present. Fighting his inner demons, while important, is not nearly as interesting as the mystery unfolding before him. He felt static and it was hard to relate to him. To me, he was frustratingly uninterested about the whole ordeal and instead adopted a "why me" attitude that I found dull.
Because his inaction, by the book's climax where all is revealed, Malcolm is a merely bystander to the events taking place. This is ok, clever storytelling even, but the entire book leading up to that point had been investing a lot in Malcolm's character. In the end, it seemed like he held the plot back more than he actually helped progress it. Thankfully the novella was short and came to a conclusion at a reasonable pace.
I didn't dislike the book and I actually think the writing was well done in a lot of places. Ultimately the character just wasn't for me. If you can get past that, there is a great supernatural mystery at the heart of this novella.
In equal parts ghost story and murder mystery, horror tale and modern mythos, the authors have woven a story out of elements so familiar that they feel like our own history, but they have threaded these among circumstances so foreign, and at times horrifying, that we recoil. After recoiling however, we must look back and, with the author's firm hand upon our shoulder, we are drawn back in, and deeper in.
The themes of loss and redemption, grief and hope, abandonment and determination arise again and again to intertwine with every character we meet. These are themes familiar to us all, so familiar that we can forget they are traits of other people's tales as well. And we may also forget that each of us may respond to circumstances in ways both different and perhaps horrifying.
In The End of the Sentence, Maria Dahvana Headley and Kat Howard have created a wondrous tale of a new American mythology. I anxiously await whatever they will come up with next.
The End of the Sentence is a novella which I enjoyed but ultimately found frustrating because it wasn't a novel. Had it been longer the characters may have been more completely realized. I truly enjoyed the mix of legends, lore, and ghosts. However Malcolm was never more than the ghost of a character whose inner dialogue only hints at his character. I yearned to know more about him, and the magic which inhabits the house. This is a beautiful tale that is too short for a good novel or too long in the tooth for a satisfying story.
I recommend this as a read for those readers familiar with legends of PNW settlers and Native Americans.