I feel some shame in doing this, but I'm putting it down after reading about 60%. I've been looking forward to it for many years, and it seemed like I...moreI feel some shame in doing this, but I'm putting it down after reading about 60%. I've been looking forward to it for many years, and it seemed like I would love it: a murder mystery set in a medieval monastery, a Sherlock Holmes-like super-observant monk as the investigator, a library that's a labyrinth, dark secrets revolving around arcane books - I was expecting it to be what would happen if Borges somehow managed to write a juicy page-turner.
But instead, despite some amazing moments, I mostly found myself slogging through, only mildly engaged. Part of it might have to do with not liking the info-dumps that are continually spooled out through long dialogues - distinctions between heretical sects and other fine complex theological points all make sense in the context of the story, but I would really rather receive huge chunks of information on that stuff in a non-fiction book these days. On the other hand, it wasn't so long ago that I read Anathem and I liked the info-dumps there, so maybe it's a combination of the subject matter and presentation here. Regardless, I felt like I was getting too far behind on my 2012-reading-challenge-list by forcing myself through this, but may pick it up again someday. (less)