I've noticed a few reviewers are unhappy with how short many of the paths are, to which I must ask; have you read a Choose YoI really liked this book.
I've noticed a few reviewers are unhappy with how short many of the paths are, to which I must ask; have you read a Choose Your Own Adventure book before? This has the branching kind of story-telling, where most choices put you onto a new path, rather than linear with quests or chronological with variations, which would tend to have longer branches.
I liked that sometimes good choices lead to bad outcomes and vice versa; that's how life works. I also liked that several deaths continue onto different afterlives, though reincarnation was a continuing theme. Generally, if you trusted in people who loved you, you'd be fine.
I read the book on Kindle, and it was quite easy for me to do my customary thing of exploring all paths; I'd highlight the choice I chose, and then, when I got to the new section, it would tell me where I'd come from, so it was easy to go back and pick the other choice later....more
I felt that this edition lost something from the printed book. My favourite scene, where Butler defeats the troll, actually loses quite a lot visuallyI felt that this edition lost something from the printed book. My favourite scene, where Butler defeats the troll, actually loses quite a lot visually. It was more enjoyable when we could see Foaly's shock and awe; that really drummed home how dramatic it was.
It's still the same great story; I just communicate predominantly through words, so I prefer to have more of those please....more
I listened to this as an audiobook, so one issue became apparent immediately. Two main characters are sisters, performing similar jobs. The author doeI listened to this as an audiobook, so one issue became apparent immediately. Two main characters are sisters, performing similar jobs. The author does not often refer to them by their first names during scenes, or at least, not throughout. The reader does not differentiate between them vocally. So I end up listening to a few scenes with only the faintest idea of who was talking. I actually listened to the first three hours, got hopelessly confused, and then started it again from the beginning so I could understand what was happening.
Once I got over that issue I quite enjoyed the book, as you can tell from my rating. It focuses on a murder investigation, with some callbacks to an earlier event in the character's lives. I did wonder if this book was a sequel to one which described the events of that book, but it doesn't appear to be - they really are just internal callbacks.
The murderer is an unusual one. He reminded me a little of The Collector, although we spend much less time in this killer's head. Nor is the book as memorable as The Collector; I finished it two weeks ago and I would now struggle to summarise the denouement. This does mean I'll get to read it and enjoy the mystery again - possibly following it slightly better - so that's not altogether a downside.
I do quite enjoy mystery and crime stories, as you might be able to tell from my shelves. This one didn't disappoint me; the mystery was quite intriguing and overall it was enjoyable journey of discovery....more