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Posted April 19, 2012
I really liked the premise of the book. A couple of chapters lost me and I had to re-read them for clarity, but my biggest complaint is the length. The beginning is really good and I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next, then the middle gets really bogged down and slow but picks up again at the end. I think if the author had edited it down it would've been much better.
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Posted June 6, 2012
I both enjoyed and was disappointed by "The Company of the Dead." Initially, it is hard enough to take on and handle themes like time travel, resulting paradoxs, time loops, new world orders, apocalyptic wars, the Titanic sinking (twice), etc., but to do so in over 750 pages (my copy) exacerbates those difficulties. Although I enjoyed this book, I would have enjoyed it more if it had been subject to more carefull editing - it could have lost about 200 or so pages. For example, at least for me, I failed to see all the reasons for the interminably long description of the trip from New York south and then west. While parts of it helped the story much of it did not. Also, the dialogue between characters was for me many times cryptic and hard to follow..... I found my self wondering who was saying what to whom and why and what did they mean. Also, certain characters where in the story whose meaning and purpose were hard for me to grasp given the nature of the character (as described over many pages) and what they did and how they faired in the novel (e.g., Webster).. and who the heck was Stead and what purpose did he serve? I think this book would have been a five star, for me that is, if it were shorter and if a character had been added as a surrogate for the reader to ask the main characters questions so that the confused reader could essentially have things explained to them through this inquisitive character. But there was no such character and many times I found myself re-reading sections, trying to understand certain aspects of the story, sometimes succeeding, sometimes not, but always reading on. So, notwithstanding the above comments, I WOULD RECOMMEND this book to a friend (hey I gave it to my wife to read) but I would caution you to read slowly and perhaps even take notes!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 4, 2012
Don't miss this one. If you like time travel, science fiction, and history all wrapped around the Titanic you won't want to miss this 750 page opus. The characters are well drawn and believable and the plot grabs hold of you. There are plenty of twists and turns to please everyone. I couldn't put it down.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 20, 2012
First off, I did enjoy the book on whole. That said, there were some areas in which it fell short of my expectations. Like the first reviewer, I felt the book had a fantastic opening. When it hit the middle it slowed down significantly, and some of it was difficult to read. I felt a lot of it could have been omitted or significantly shortened and not harmed the integrity of the story. The last 200 pages were very fast paced and it drew you along. It felt to me that the author spent too much time world building, and not enough time pushing the plot forward. It's my personal opinion, and not everyone will agree with me on it. Despite all that, I really enjoyed the story and the characters. There were even some great surprises. I wouldn't recommend this book to all my friends, but certainly to those who like alt-history or the Titanic.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 11, 2012
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Posted June 22, 2012
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