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4.0 out of 5 stars But What About the Ghost
I usually can't stand mysteries but Charles Palliser's "The Quincunx" seemed too good to pass up...and it was. So, I was really eager to read "The Unburied," even though it took me some time to get around to doing just that. I found that "The Unburied" is a very different mystery than is "The Quincunx." While "The Quincunx" was filled with fast-paced adventure and...
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Unburied
The story is a whacky, weird book that a lot of people would enjoy.I would say that a lot of people can relate themselves to the main characters of this book.The way people's minds want to go figure out a problem or they are just so curious about something they want to go figure it out.The main character's name is Julia and she has some dreams about a strange...
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5.0 out of 5 stars "It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma." WSC, Dec 4 1999
This review is from: The Unburied (Hardcover)
The title of this review was borrowed from Sir Winston Churchill. I use the quotation here, as I believe it describes this book beautifully. This book is my first introduction to the work of Mr. Palliser who was unknown to me prior to this volume. I actually bought the novel based upon a quote on the jacket that referred to Mr. Palliser unburying the Author Wilkie Collins as well as others not named. Mr. Collins is credited by some for creating the mystery novel, and is known for such works as "The Moonstone" and "The Woman In White". He was a friend of Charles Dickens and they published a paper together for a time. Some Scholars suggest that the book Mr. Dickens was writing but died before finishing; "The Mystery Of Edwin Drood" was influenced by Mr. Collins. This is one of the top 10 books of this genre I have ever read. I actually bought the Author's previous book "The Quincunx" before I had reached the mid-point of "The Unburied". If as some have written the book prior to this was even better, I look forward to it being astonishing. If it were only as good as this book, I would be thrilled. The book has an interesting structure with an unusual Note at the beginning and end. I will say no more than that. Between those notes is a mystery of the highest caliber. Characters whose names are reminiscent and a tribute to Dickens, not simply badly copied. A plot that while complex can be followed but the reader must pay careful attention. Paper and pen to diagram relationships amongst the players does not hurt, it also allows you to continue hypothesizing when reading is impractical. For those who like naming the conspirators or detailing the crime before the book reveals it's secrets, just as objects and people, both living and dead, throughout the book do, will I believe find this tale wonderfully frustrating. It keeps its secrets until the end, but there is more. Every time you are tempted to think aha! I got it; a few pages later will have you questioning how you ever could have had such a solution. And the Author does not use simplistic literary tricks, the information is there, the reader has to find it. This Author pays tribute to his readers by challenging them to match wits, as opposed to handing down a cliché or re-write of a familiar tale. Mr. Palliser makes you work, he makes you think, he offers bits of information that are false leads unless you catch them before being duped, and admitting for the 10th time your aha! was really another trap presumption led you into. The book is like the wind and the Author the wind's master, your hat or paper are blown from you, and each time it pauses and you reach away it flies once more. When you finally grasp it you stand to find you have been lead into a Labyrinth, and the task you thought was complete has just begun. Get this prize of a book you will not be disappointed. I am off to start The Quincunx!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Umberto Ecco meets M.R. James, Nov. 29 1999
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Douglas E. Heritage "doc" (Virginia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Unburied (Hardcover)
This is a must read book for anyone who enjoyed The Name of the Rose or the stories of M.R. James (especially The Treasure of Abbot Thomas). Those who are familiar with English history will appreciate the references to Anglo-Saxon Britain, the English Cival War, and the Victorian time in which the action occurs. This is not a novel for the casual reader - many of its puzzles are left for the reader to answer. Why was the fairy tale so disturbing to Dr. Courtine? As the author says, it is open to conjecture - only one of the pleasures of this fascinating book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sorely Dissappointed, Nov. 26 1999
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Mike (Newton, MA.) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Unburied (Hardcover)
As a major fan of the Quincunx I anxiously awaited this release. Unfortunately it had none of the appeal of the earlier book. The plot was convoluted, and frequently difficult to follow. This is particularly the case due to all the characters involved and the circular nature of the plot. While it is well written, and had times had great ambiance, it's hard to recommend this dissappointing effort.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Better than Nyquil, Nov. 22 1999
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I agree completely with the reviewer below. Antiseptic, lifeless, soggy. The mystery isn't as clever as the professional reviews would have you believe. The characters are far more dull than they would have you believe. Even more overrated than INSTANCE OF THE FINGERPOST, if that's possible.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This is a dreadful book, June 9 1999
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This review is from: The Unburied (Hardcover)
A dreadful book by almost any measure. The characters are not terribly interesting, the plot meanders through a failed marriage, a school days friendship gone bad, an ancient murder, and contemporary murder and the ins and outs of academic life and intrigue. The problem is, however, throughout this tangled scenario, it was impossible to care much for any of the characters and the only reason I finished the thing was because I'm stubborn. And even at that, the book in not worth the effort.
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