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Twelve by Jasper Kent
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Apr 27, 2010

did not like it
Read in April, 2010

This was definitely one of those books where I was looking forward to the end; not to find out what happens, but rather to be done with the blooming thing.

Somehow despite endless internal monologues, Aleksei remained a shallow character. The author falls into the classic telling-instead-of-showing trap. There is no mystery about what the protagonist is doing or thinking, and the more we know about what's going on in his head, the more idiotic and unsympathetic he becomes.

I was sold on the concept of some classic vampires turned loose during the Napoleonic war with Russia, and I did enjoy the slow build until the big reveal of the extent of their evil. But all that explaining and thinking and hand-wringing and excruciatingly careful justification of every character's motivation killed the momentum.

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