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5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

No Rest for the Reader

No Rest For The Dead is a who done it in the true sense, a modern day Sherlock Holmes. What makes this novel even more impressive is that it was written by 26 different authors, many of whom you've read (and enjoyed) in their own books. As a writer of seven novels mysel...
No Rest For The Dead is a who done it in the true sense, a modern day Sherlock Holmes. What makes this novel even more impressive is that it was written by 26 different authors, many of whom you've read (and enjoyed) in their own books. As a writer of seven novels myself, I can attest to the difficulty in bringing together so many diverse writing styles in a manner that makes it all appear seamless. Kudos to the editors, Andrew and Lamia Gulli, for their dedication and skill. It paid off, as I finished No Rest for the Dead in little over a day; it moves quickly and leaves no rest for the reader.

posted by AlanJacobson on July 21, 2011

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3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Fun read, but not without problems

There can be problems when you have 26 writers contributing to one story...flow, character development, and continuity are chief among those...and this story suffers from all three. It should be the editor's job to make sure the story flows smoothly, but this one doesn'...
There can be problems when you have 26 writers contributing to one story...flow, character development, and continuity are chief among those...and this story suffers from all three. It should be the editor's job to make sure the story flows smoothly, but this one doesn't. I found myself wondering less about what happens next and more about what part of the story would be revealed and why. The story moved, but more in a herky-jerky fashion than a steady flow. Character development suffered in this story. I guess that is a real risk when you have 26 people, each with a different vision of who the major characters are and the roles they play in the story. Because of this, the contributors tend to ignore development beyond the basics altogether. Again, it's the editor who needs to keep them on track, yet he can't do that without inserting his own vision of the characters. Continuity is less of an issue here, but there are a few leaps and bounds that keep the reader wondering how they got there. All that said, I did enjoy the story. The different contributors each brought their A game...I do wish some of them were given a little more leash, though. Perhaps fewer writers given longer or multiple chapters would help fix most of the issues. The story is a good one and the chase scene at the end is brilliantly written. Contrary to Baldacci's belief, I DID figure out the end, but it didn't detract from the rest of the story. Enjoy this one on the plane, at the beach or by the pool. I don't think you'll be disappointed!!

posted by I_Am_Psychodog on July 12, 2011

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