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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
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Mar 07, 2015

did not like it
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This was supposed to be a real page turner.

Unfortunately I found it anything but. It was quite pedestria, very tedious, and it failed to keep my attention for most of the book.

First half was just about mediocre enough for me not completely abandon it. But by second half I really wish I had.

Also. There was one really annoying clanger. The reader and protagonist were both given a big clue in a letter. It was SO blatantly obvious to the reader what the clue meant, but the protagonist (who was a great riddle solver and very intelligent) was completely clueless as to what it might mean. It's an old trope: telling the reader something the protagonist doesn't know, but this was a ridiculously stupid application of it.

One of many failings. I can't comprehend all the 5 stars for this one. A marmite book, I suppose.
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