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The Dark Volume by Gordon Dahlquist
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Feb 04, 12


The first book in the series was five stars. The second was 4. This one is 3. Really, Mr. Dahlquist... you're trending in the wrong direction. I love the characters. I love the atmosphere. I love the rich and vivid detail. My only complaint - but it's a big one - is there is NO FRIGGIN' ENDING!! For crying out loud...

When I was in second grade the teacher tried to teach us how a story has a beginning, a middle and an end. The assignment was to tell the class a story using dolls and plastic toys as props. I distinctly remember the absolute terror I felt when I had my cowgirl Jane doll on a plastic horse chasing the dark villain through the cow pastures and over the train tracks and having NO FRIGGIN' IDEA how to end the thing. Thank God for recess...

I hadn't thought about that horrible formative experience until this book brought it all crashing back. SOUND FAMILIAR, MR. DAHLQUIST??
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