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"Green" by Jay Lake

… As a novel, Green is a mixed bag. There’s much to like here, and it isn’t hard to see why some readers raved about this book… Unfortunately a strong main character and lovely prose weren’t enough to make this novel work for me… I truly enjoyed the first 150 pages or so, but after a strong start, Green completely fell apart, to the point where I strongly considered giving up on it several times. If not for Jay Lake’s beautiful prose and some lingering curiosity about Green’s fate, I probably would have ditched this novel long before the end… In the end, it’s hard not to have mixed feelings about Green. Parts of the novel are excellent, while others are so poorly executed that it almost makes you forget about the good bits. Unfortunately, most of the better parts come early on, and the poor ones later, so by the time you reach the end of the novel you’re left with a bad taste in your mouth. I had high hopes for this novel, based on Jay Lake’s excellent short stories, but after turning the final page, I felt mostly disappointed that Green didn’t deliver on its early promise.

Read the entire review here.

Disclaimer: Tor was kind enough to send me a free review copy of this novel.

Next up: I have reviews of the 2011 Nebula Award Showcase and "The Shadow Men" by Tim Lebbon and Christopher Golden coming up, and I'm about to start reading "The Magicians" by Lev Grossman.

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