For a mammoth-sized book such as this I expected a lot more resolution and a nice, well-spaced ending. Why do endings always feel so rushed to me? To be honest, I read this quite a long time ago (like 3 weeks, but still), so my original anger and ‘DO NOT LIKE’ have faded away, but I was mad at the ending for a while.
The whole thing, as opposed to a very thrilling chase of vampires and secret societies, is all about bibliophilia. And libraries. And History. Those things appeal to me on a very high level, and the story is actually quite engaging and fun. Overall, predictive, but fun nonetheless.
The characters did feel a bit flat to me, but again, this is a story about books, so it’s almost acceptable that the characters are more like vessels than anything else.
Read from March 20th to March 29th, 2011.