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on March 18, 2013 :
Wow. Just wow. I was a bit reluctant to read a book this length having opted for the collective volume, but got it based on reading SP Mount’s Warped Mirrors (also written incredibly well) and now that I have read it, didn’t even notice the length. In fact it’s left me wanting more, so much so that I’ve started reading the first few chapters yet again to be able to enjoy the earlier nuance of the characters that I didn’t know properly at the time!
The only way I can describe how this book made me feel, is this: You know when you download an entire TV series and you get completely addicted, can’t wait to start the next season? That’s what happened. With a busy life, I just could not wait to get to bed and back to this story every night, it’s one of those books that totally suck you in, you feel you know the characters, the places, and that you’re right there alongside them (and woe betide anyone who interrupted my reading time when I did start getting into it).
An amazingly clever story that brings so, so much that many books don’t even come close to doing, candid and truly inventive as well as the humour being first class and unfaltering throughout. It always made me feel good regardless of mood. Quite the feat.
Is there going to be a third? I really hope so, but from what I can tell this adventure could end right where it did, even if, I rather suspect, like the actual story all the way through did, SP Mount has kept us guessing yet again, as it certainly has the potential to continue into a new adventure from where it left off. Very clever indeed. Kudos.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Sep. 23, 2012 :
This is the complete epic tale of Archie and his friends, covering both Part 1 and Part 2.
If you ever have wondered what Scotland does on New Year's eve, this is going to surprise the heck out of you, because this story focuses on a New Year's eve and an event most unusual that has been reoccuring somewhere in the world every few years, spotlighting an area in blue...but until Scotland is highlighted, those other times just didn't quite cut it.
From its unusual beginning, to a wide array of not quite perfect people and their dysfunctional existences, this story covers several genres...mystery, science fiction, fantasy, humor at its most quirky, settings that are literally out of this world, and how does the author manage to get the reader thinking it's going to be one way only to jerk the rug right out from under you? never take anything for granted, but yes, it all ties together and nothing is here that is not crucial to the events. Plus when the people speak you hear them in their own Gaelic brogue, which adds to the originality of this wonderful tale.
In Part 2, the setting takes certain characters into the past, and where you knew the people to be a certain way, suddenly you see them in a totally new light, as the story ties together the strings left hanging and you finally understand whatever had been puzzling you.
Great imagination at work, and whatever could have been taken dead serious is poked fun at and brings gale after gale of chuckles, guffaws and outright 'come on, really?' outbursts. You'll see this in your mind and be enchanted; and characters you'll love to hate, in the end you will admire and know they had to be there. It's a brilliant imagery, i for one, love it.
(reviewed long after purchase)