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message 1: by Mary-Beth (new)

Mary-Beth Oh my goodness. I'm kind of glad I stopped reading when I did.

message 2: by Linda (new)

Linda I felt very similarly about the ending. To feature Lin as a prominent character for a third of a book, then drop her for almost the remaining two-thirds, only to "rescue" and then brain-damage her in one fell-swoop... was very disappointing to me. It detracted from the story as a whole. Better to have let her die off screen than give her this senseless last-minute half-rescue.

message 3: by Jack (new)

Jack Good points. I also found Lin's disappearance and abuse to be really pointless and kind of forced, especially because not only was she a major character but a really good major character. Her relationship with Isaac was one of the most interesting parts of the book for me, and the way it all played out felt neither true nor particularly fair. I kind of liked the bit with Yag though and I'm not sure I can tell you why. I totally missed both the stuff about the Mayor as serial killer and reality-destroying weather.

message 4: by Christy (new)

Christy I've been debating whether I wanted to continue--I'm just under 1/3 through the book. I feel good about not finishing now. It's too grueling a read for anything less than a spectacular ending.

message 5: by Will (new)

Will I had forgotten that it wasn't explicitly stated that the Mayor was snatching eyes. Though I can see being frustrated that this never becomes a major plot point, it's sort of a relief to see anything in the book that's not laboriously explained two or three times over.

message 6: by Philip (new)

Philip Ulbrich I stopped reading the book twice, once just before the slake-moths escaped and was drawn back in after reading a spoiler here. But then I hit an entire chapter describing connections of cables. Good Gawd! But I recommend The Scar which, thankfully, I read before this book. Much better paced and edited down to only 400 pages! But it's worth it.

message 7: by Grace (new)

Grace I'm not sure if the Mayor's a serial killer, but he's certainly getting dibs on the eyeballs of dissidents who turn up in the Spike. As for Yag... Good god. He "took choice" with "ultimate disrespect" that resulted in him being hideously maimed as punishment. Sounds like a pretty serious crime to me! And somehow no one in the book saw the big reveal (or left-field reveal) coming? Please. Not to mention it turns Isaac from a relatively noble rogue scientist into a coward and a thief. Frustrating.

message 8: by Chris (new)

Chris I want to take your review and just copy it for my own. You are dead-on here.

message 9: by C.reider (new)

C.reider Totally true. I keep wanting the book to be a rough draft, instead of the final. So many cool ideas just thrown away.

message 10: by Coolcurry (new)

Coolcurry This review is so dead on. The writing was beautiful, but there were way too many descriptions that it hurt the pace. And that ending! Urgh!

message 11: by Jim (new)

Jim Blevins I like his King Rat better.

message 12: by Philip (new)

Philip Ulbrich The Scar is a much more impressive work. I actually read it first and thought that Perdido would be wonderful. Ack!

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