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Posted November 19, 2008
Slow. Very slow.
After reading "The Quincunx," I was eager to read another book by Charles Palliser. When I found "The Unburied," I was excited. My excitment, though, was short lived. This book is a very slow read. The plot is slow to develop, and it never reaches its potential. About 2/3 the way through the book there were 75 pages or so that were interesting and read at a pace that made me think the book had turned around, but that was not the case. The story is pieced together in small bits, and there are numerous mysteries and subplots that don't come together like they should. Just when one subplot is developed, another is introduced, and the previous subplot is left to later in the book. That's ok for one or two subplots, but the entire book reads like this; just as the speed starts to accelerate, it slows down again. I finally put the book down with only 50 pages left; I couldn't take anymore. "The Unburied" is just the opposite of "The Quincunx": the latter is a long book that reads quickly, but this is a shorter book that reads like a much longer one.
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