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on November 25, 1999
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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on April 15, 2001
Don't be fooled by the rapturous reviews on the back cover: It ain't all that.
There IS a promising murder mystery here. But the plot is so convoluted that slogging your way through the mire is hardly worth it. The main characters, without exception, range from distasteful to downright despicable. There is no one to cheer for here.
Last words: Too much work for too little reward.
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on January 8, 2001
As mentioned by other reviewers, the style of this novel is very similar to Name of the Rose - which I loved. If you do not like plot shifts, twists and turns, and having to concentrate to keep things straight while reading, then this book is not for you! On the other hand, I could hardly put the book down while I sat in front of a fire with a snow storm raging outside.
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on November 22, 1999
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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on August 26, 2001
This book was so horrid that I can't recommend it to anyone, nor even in good conscience give it away. Not gothic, mysterious, or even interesting. It would have put me to sleep if I hadn't been so frustrated by it's lameness. I feel especially bad for the people who paid for the hard copy!
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