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The Stockholm Octavo by Karen Engelmann

The Stockholm Octavo - Karen Engelmann

The story began with a strong start, and I was really interested to see where the premise would go. Unfortunately, it started to drag after about 40 pages or so, and it just kept getting more and more drawn out. The perspective kept changing, and the characters didn't seem to develop or feel real to me. I kept going, hoping that things would pick up, but when I got to the endless details about fans and geometry, presented in boring conversation and over-detailed descriptions, I had to call it quits. It could have been so much better than it was, but it just didn't deliver.