Well, I’ve been completely unable to get into this book, despite making it 2/3rds of the way thru.

Effendi is essentially a mystery, with weird sci-fi elements thrown in, and is set in near-future North Africa. And that’s about all I can say for it. What we actually have is a sequel (which could be the main problem), but one that maintains no actual suspense, and in which the characters are balanced in favour of descriptions from the previous novel. And I haven’t read the previous novel…

Grimwood also has an annoying tendency to skip very simple explanations of character movements. By that I mean he’ll, for example, have two characters speaking in a room. One character will move to embrace the other, but he doesn’t say that, he’ll just skip immediately to a description of the way one character can feel the other’s shoulder-blades. It’s confusing, and annoying.

Finally, the book begins by introducing one character and focuses on  him for a good couple of chapters. But, this isn’t the main character! And by the time the main is introduced, it’s not apparent why the protagonist has shifted! Again, confusing and annoying…

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