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The Snow Garden by Christopher  Rice
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Jan 22, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: fiction-2008

Read as part of my What's In A Name reading challenge.

I really liked the other book I read by Rice ('The Density of Souls'). It combined engaging characters, with a strong evocation of place, and nice gothic vibe but based firmly in reality.

I didn't like 'The Snow Garden' very much. The snow was about as good as it got. The characters were all highly irritating to me, they felt cliched and fake, as perhaps they were meant to be.

Rice had tried to pack too many twists and turns in, each feeling slightly more unnecessary and ludicrous than the last. Various cover quotes likened it to 'Less Than Zero' meets 'The Secret History' - I liked both of those, not a lot, but more than this. This has gathered the worst scraps of each and stuck them all together. Its a shabby scarecrow, and not one that even scared me.

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