Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Wolfhound Century - Peter Higgins

Inspector Vissarion Lom has been summoned to the capital in order to catch a terrorist. A totalitarian state, worn down by an endless war, must be seen to crush home-grown insurgents with an iron fist. But Lom discovers Mirgorod to be more corrupted than he imagined: a murky world of secret police and revolutionaries, cabaret clubs and doomed artists. Lom has been chosen because he is an outsider, not involved in the struggle for power within the party. And because of the sliver of angel stone implanted in his head.
One of the most unsatisfying books I've read in a long time.

I feel like I missed half the story, like every other page was missing - and those were the key pages to alleviate my confusion.

The book was interesting in the sense that I kept pushing forward, waiting for the big reveal, for everything to come together in some brilliant explanation. But it never came. And, to be honest, I couldn't even give a brief synopsis of this book for someone; I am that lost.

It was filled with such wonderfully descriptive scenes that I often had no idea what was actually going on - what was real and what was simply metaphor.

So many threads have been left untied, which makes me think Higgins is planning another book. As much as I want a satisfactory conclusion, I will not be reading a sequel if there is one.