Ok, I admit. I loved The Crimson Petal And The White with a fervour bordering on the irrational. I'm not particularly partial towards Charles Dickens type Victorian-era shenanigans, nor epic novels whose girth you could stop a bullet with. But I found myself ploughing through that like a jackhammer, simultaneously unable to wait to find out what happened at, yet dreading the reaching of, the end. True enough, I felt as though, what do you mean the story is over? It's barely begun! It can't be!
The Apple is not exactly a sequel per se, but its short stories are very good, and they do take place in the same world. It also indirectly hints at what happened to The Crimson's main protagonist Sugar long after the events set out had taken place. Which gave me a feeling of relief, as though finding out that a long lost best friend who disappeared suddenly years ago is safe and happy living half the world away, with no harm having befallen her. And in the cruel, exploitative, dog-eat-dog world of 19th century England's underbelly - (maybe the more things change the more they stay the same) - that can only be a small good thing....Continua
A wonderful follow up to The Crimson Petal and the White. The book moves around in time quite a bit, there are some stories featuring Sugar before the events of Crimson Petal, but others follow characters after the events of Crimson have finished. Well worth tracking down and reading, although more Sugar would have been nice....Continua