The story falls short when characters that he has spent time building up to show how clever and smart they are do absolutely dumb things. I almost didn't finish the last 10 min of the book for this very reason.
So much coincidence in the plot that it borders on fantasy. Such florid prose as to draw attention to itself, and not in a good way (who plops "vertiginous" in the middle of simple description? It fell with an annoying clunk!).
I toughed it out since I had purchased the audiobook, but should have paid more attention to reader reviews before buying. Don't do it!!
This was a predictable, unbelievable, and long running story. The characters were okay, but this is one of those stories that just seem to go on an on. I had to take a break from this one, and I never came back to it.
This is my first book by this author and I have really come to appreciate how he crafts a good story. Just when you think you know what is going on, he brings another surprise.
Lover of books, music, and all things Scottish.
I love stories about the templates and I really like a fast paced mysteries so I figured this would be a winner. It was pretty good. A lite predictable in places, but I enjoyed it enough to buy the next book in the series.
The plot was good. Enough complications to keep it interesting, but not so many that you're lost. I kept up with the story easily and looked forward to hearing more of it.
I did not have an extreme reaction, but it did connect emotionally to me very well.
Great book. The main character's change of heart so quickly and easily at a moments notice seemed rushed to me, but my wife didn't think so. I also missed the main point at the end, but my wife got it and explained it to me and then I saw it easily. Very enjoyable book.
At or near the top. A great story, well written and well narrated. I love dit.
The "now/then" contrast in time and story. My only criticism is that the story was way too long. It had 3 or 4 endings -- any of which would have been suitable.
Our "hero" of course!!
I especially liked the discussion of the "pros and cons" of religion. A really great comparison of the subject matter.
Any of the earlier endings would have been better. The author went on and on before ending the book on an unbelievable note. Still, the story was, overall, very good and I enjoyed 99% of the dialogue.
It was so close to being good many times. The plot just kept falling short, the twists were predictable & how it ended was just frustrating for lack of a better word.
His voice didn't do justice to most of the characters. It's too specific of a voice.