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Well, I don't exactly know how to review this book. It started very well, I was caught by the novelty of the style and the introduction of the charactar, then within a short time the plot became so complex and even wierd that I could not follow it. Maybe other readers can find there way with this book.
I have to start by saying that I am a huge VanderMeer fan. The worlds he creates are weird, dark, and fantastical, and I love it. I am normally immersed in the world of VanderMeer’s stories, but this one is written in such a bland style that I did not care about any of the characters or their quests. It’s unfortunate because the premise is so interesting - I couldn’t wait to know what happens in a VanderMeer telling of when a boy inherits his eccentric grandfather’s estate. However, I quickly lost interest. My critique feels strange because even though there are a lot of interesting ideas in the story, the characters have no depth and there is absolutely no world-building. The main character is hurled into a secret world and asked to go on an adventure, which he and his companions do without question. I didn’t buy any of their motivations and the lack of depth makes it feel chaotic and boring. I struggled to get through about 200 pages and gave up. Sorry, VanderMeer. I will look forward to your next work!
After spending five hours listening to the audiobook, I am giving up. This feel like reading a script written by a writer that wanted to leave nothing to a readers imagination. It is sinking in too much trivial information.
This bizarre creation is like a cross between Terry Pratchett on heavy medication, and the very worst of Monty Python. Without the humour. The whole thing is a rambling, hallucinatory fever dream of delirium, with one of the main characters as Napoleon’s head (yes, just the head). I am bitterly, bitterly disappointed in this awful drivel. What on earth happened. I cannot believe this is by the same author as the fantastic Area X series.
I never bail on books, but for the life of me I could not get past chapter three. What a confusing, convoluted, pretentious, and annoying writing style. The story was average, but the overall effect of the novel was completely sickening to me.