I finished it!
I really enjoyed it, and am almost sorry it's done. I think I may have to look into getting his three other books.
mohumbhai mania wrote:The ending is brilliant! And perfect. My jaw dropped when I read it.
Granny repeats the cycle - getting paid off and having to sacrifice.
Cedric gets exactly what he wants, but does he learn anything? At what cost? I suspect that
there will be further monsterousness in his future because he really doesn't pay for what he did.
His dad loses all those years of his life? And Cedric willing to go to those ends to protect himself?
And riding out of there on the only friend he still has? Amazing.
A great, ambiguous ending.
I'm with you on this MM. I agree that it was a somehow perfect ending. Yes, the ending came quite suddenly and is somewhat anti-climatic, which makes the whole thing like something of a dream. I like how Morrieson crafts his 'hero'. You totally identify with him, and can't help but want him to get out of this mess. Meanwhile, he masterminded everything that happens to all of the characters in the book, whether intentionally or haplessly. In the end he gets everything he wants: no more Spook and Mervyn, no more tower, his Dad probably 'back to normal' and enough money to start fresh.
Yeah, ok, I have to admit that was the one loose end that didn't get tied for me. It does stand out as an ominous character at first, but turns out to be more of a plot device. Then again, it sort of stands as a device for Cedric too. I'll have to think of this one some more.
Carol wrote:I thought there would have been more about the tower. I mean, the tower was such a focal point and then, nothing really. I expected something sinister to happen in it or because of it. Granted, he made his father fall from it, but still.......I'm not the best at interpreting things, so maybe I just missed the boat.
Finally, I couldn't find the quote but with regard to what was going to happen to the others, I thought it was pretty well sewn up. Blair Bramwell as much as spells it out in his brief convo with Mervyn in the cell. If the person who made the call was working with someone else that person will show up. Because Cedric doesn't show up, I figure they'll likely deduce that Mervyn did it, since he hadn't yet been nabbed when the first phone call was made. At least, that's how I read it.
As for Morrieson, I quite enjoyed reading his bio. I only read it after the book since I don't like that kind of info colouring my reading of the book. But I do find it fascinating that he sort of wrote this in a vaccum, with no knowledge of other writing styles. He really does do a good job with creating mood and tension. I can't say I considered this a comedy but I did really think it was awfully clever how he has his characters, and the narrator, play with words after Spook 'lost his head'.
Jeez, I feel like I'm writing a disertation here! But I do want to close by adding I can totally see Jemaine playing the Spook - in fact throughout the book I pictured all three of the characters as the actors playing the roles. But, if I hadn't seen him in the get up it would have been a different story. Oh my am I ever anxious for this movie to come out (praying for a theatrical release, or at least a film festival entry!