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Doors Open

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

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    So unworthy of Ian Rankin!

    This is a lazy, superficial treatment of a plot that actually has potential.
    Had Rankin applied himself to this book with the skill he has previously demonstrated in his other works, we would now have, potentially, the beginning of another intriguing series that could become as engaging as Rebus was. Instead, Rankin writes in a style completely below his norm, skims over character development, slides over plot details and shamefully leaves the door open (forgive the pun!) for a possible sequel... Needless to say, while I own every book Ian Rankin has written, I will also personally make a point not to buy such sequel, if and when it is released. Ian, if you are listening to your readers, why not start again? Rewrite the book at the skill level we have all become accustomed to and call it "Doors Open - for The Second Time".

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2010

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    Bring back Rebus

    Somewhat formulaic like The Simple Plan, this book seems to be striving towards a movie like The Treasure of the Sierra Madre where greed and stupidity ruin a "perfect" crime. Not his best his work, but Rankin usually sets the bar very high

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2010

    Doors Open by Ian Rankin

    As a big fan of his Rebus books, I was majorly disappointed... in fact, I was bored and didn't finish. The writing, while not poor, was decidely unclever...almost as if he was explaining something to a third grader. The style, plot, writing are all so different from his Rebus novels, I'm almost tempted to think he didn't write this book at all.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2010

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    Paint By Numbers

    With all of the excellent art heist novels out there, Ian Rankin's Doors Open looks like a paint by numbers operation. It just simply does not have any depth or sophistication to make it stand out from any other novel. This is pretty disappointing to someone like me who followed Rankin's Rebus novels, having read all of them. I suggest he work harder the next time, or retire if he hasn't any way to top Rebus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 17, 2013

    This is a story of a heist and the heroes are the guys who plan

    This is a story of a heist and the heroes are the guys who plan the heist.  It starts off with medium tension and then Rankin raises the stakes with every chapter with twists and turns that heightens the tension to a superb climax at the end.  he characters are deeply cast and engagingly developed such that you end up liking a couple of them and rooting for them.  The tension of the situations are heightened with exquisite details of the characters' actions and expression, even at a micro level.  The scenes are great drama. The city and its locations are also laid out for with the same exquisite and loving detail.

    He uses 7 POVs in total - 6 of them the POVs (points of view) of 6 of the gang members involved in the heist, and the last one, that of the policeman who is chasing them.  One wonders whether all of the POVs - particularly the peripheral characters' ones - are necessary.  At a few points there are POV wobbles - hopping from one head to the next - in the same para or section. These are only a few minor distractions.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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