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The Angle Quickest for Flight Paperback – Bargain Price, February 28, 2001
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But I really didn't, for a number of reasons. The plot, while interesting, was constantly interrupted by chapters about the characters' pasts, or chapters containing little plot digressions that went nowhere, or chapters where the characters describe ideas that are interesting but not really relevant. Those chapters that advance the story itself were very compressed, so that the story would suddenly lurch forward toward the next problem or resolution.
Now, I don't mind a novel that has digressions, or fills in some backstory, where doing so adds richness to the plot, or where we learn more about the characters. But somehow, in this novel, this "other stuff" just seemed to get in the way, to muddy the plot.
I was also disappointed the dialogue. All the characters spoke in the same clipped, sentence-without-a-subject style, even though they were supposed to be different ages, to have come from different countries, and to have experienced very different lives. Furthermore, although having quite different philosophies, the characters never argued; instead, they seemed impossibly accepting of each others ideas.
If you like a book written in an interesting style, with snappy dialogue and a variety of ideas, then this book may be for you. For myself, I prefer books with a little more structure, a little more character development, and a plot with more focus.
Nor could I ever figure why the characters were doing any of the things they were doing. Characterization in general is severely lacking. The male protaganists are made of cardboard: I couldn't tell them apart at all.
For Eco fans (and I encourage everyone to become one) this book is like 'Focault's Pendulum Jr. Edition'. Same premise but without the passion. I think the writer has talent for telling a story, but I hope next time he finds one with a voice that is not only hip but also powerful.
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