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Vellum by Hal Duncan
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Feb 19, 2009

did not like it
bookshelves: sci-fi
Read in February, 2009 , read count: 1

I gave VELLUM a good go but in the end I realised it wasn't my cup of tea so I had to give it up after 100 pages. I appreciate the author's intent and his unconventional approach and his breadth of intellectual understanding is frequently astounding. But this is a novel lacking in the basic principles of a story: narrative, characterisation, dialogue, action. A bunch of expletive-driven characters exist in a lawless world, and both good and evil are as uninteresting as each other. The narrative jumps all over the place from the present to the future to the past and it's a book you have to really work at to fully understand but I just don't feel it's worth the effort. I'll be careful to avoid Duncan's work in future.
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Jessica Agreed.

Brielle Fox It was honestly painful for me to read it, and I couldn't get past the first fifty pages. I totally agree with you.

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