I was impressed with the imagination of the author in respects to his approach to spirtuality in all of his novels. His story telling had a very natural rhythm in the first two novels. Twelve Hawks' story telling reached a high in The Dark River. Plot points seemlessly flowed and felt very real and organic. Unfortuantely, The Golden City, while expanding on some great ideas on the spiritual planes fell short in the story telling dept. It had the feel of an author that was rushed, heavily edited, or lost intrest in his own storyline. The resolutions to the conflicts are barely believeable and utterly unsatisfying. The Golden City is not a bad read, just an extremely dissapointing ending to the story arc created in the first two novels.
Couldn't really get into this as much as I had in the other two. Not because of it's darker mood but because the events felt disjointed and not very polished. Plot points were either rushed through or handled untidily. My overall feeling was of apathy for the characters and their situations.
The story is very reminiscent of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series in its tone. The reader's voice is pitch perfect for most of the characters. Neil Gaiman's touch is evident in the plot and some of the characters while Pratchett's voice is evident in the dialouge and the more whimsical elemts of the story. Over all an enjoyable listen.
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