16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Not this author's best,
By A Customer
This review is from: Lincoln's Dreams (Mass Market Paperback)
I've become quite fond of Connie Willis recently, and decided to try this book out. However, it never really worked for me. "Lincoln's Dreams" has many of Connie Willis' trademarks, but for some reason it wasn't as good. The story and characters weren't convincing enough to make me really believe in the story line. I appreciate solid looks at difficult or emotional topics, but in this book I couldn't feel myself caring. I reached the end and thought indifferently, "Oh, so that's what happened." Connie Willis also has the habit of taking several plot twists and characters and winding them around each other in such a way that until you finish you don't know what's going to happen. Normally I enjoy that about her writing -- I appreciate trying to figure out how different elements will come together, and rereading the book (which I always do!) to see how things work now that I know the ending. With this book, though, I didn't feel like the various elements came together well; it was like looking at a 3-D movie without the proper glasses, and seeing two images that ought to match up but don't. I definitely recommend this author ("The Doomsday Book", "To Say Nothing of the Dog", and "Bellwether" are my 3 favorites, in that order), but not this particular book. The only reason it gets even 2 stars is that Willis is a good enough author that the book still had some merit.