While many on this site complain about the self-involved unlikability of the main character, I felt that was a symptom of the self-important style in which the author writes. The prose, itself, was a real turn off. Couple that with the laughable 17th century manuscript reprinted as chapter ends, and I'm frankly amazed I chose to finish the book.
The story is a slog - in large part thanks to the writing style - complicated by the fact that the author overreached in his efforts to develop deep characters. The story took so many diversions to provide sometimes excessive backstory, it seemed as if Mr Gruber was paid by the page. I really wanted to hate this book as the smug style continuously wore on me. However, I found that once the story finally got going (300+ pages into it), I started to enjoy it.
So, a good premise weighed down by indulgent language. Tedious, but not a waste of time....Continua