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The Folding Knife by K.J. Parker
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Sep 25, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy
Read from September 25 to 26, 2011 — I own a copy

** spoiler alert ** I just finished my 8th novel by K.J. Parker and I'm feeling ripped off. I don't know what Parker has against happy endings, but it's absurd. As a child I wondered why all stories had to have happy endings; why couldn't the bad guys win? Why not kill off the main characters? With an unfortunate nod in the direction of Stephen R. Donaldson, that's what Parker has done.

However, unlike Donaldson, Parker waits until the very end to ruin everything. The writing and story telling is well crafted with believable characters to whom you grow attached. And then, in the last couple chapters, Parker pulls the rug out from under you. Admittedly, Parker tells you how things end in the very beginning of "The Folding Knife".

On some level I enjoyed all Parker's books. But, on another level, I'm just plain tired of depressing endings.

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