Absolutely brilliant book! Especially the ending. I love how Allston can write a very sad moment - like a main character's death - and then in the very next page have me chuckling out loud.
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What I loved, also, was the twist at the end. It was so obvious, looking back, that he was in on the conspiracy, too, and I should have anticipated it, but it was so artfully done that it actually took me by surprise. Something which is quite rare, indeed. Or maybe I'm just used to bluntly done sleights
. But this is how conspiracy stories should be handled. Not shoved in your face, not alluded to before hand, either overtly or covertly (with a high frequency), but have just enough of a mystery which seems innocuous and exists only to highlight the conspirators' paranoia.
I am a Star Wars fan. That doesn't mean that I hate or love Jar Jar. That doesn't mean I hate or love Lucas, or agree or disagree 100% with him. That doesn't mean I prefer the PT over the OT, or vice versa. That doesn't mean I hate the EU, or even love all of it. These are not prerequisites. Being a man is not a prerequisite. Being a geek is not a prerequisite. The only prerequisite is that I love something about Star Wars. I am a Star Wars fan.
Life is like the Force - Luke Skywalker, Crucible. Damn straight I am.