I suppose the key word in those first thoughts of mine is “first half.” That’s because I found that the deeper I got into the novel, the more I felt the plot and characters were losing their edge. As I talked about previously (here), sometimes a single scene in a novel can lower the overall appreciation of the entire work. Once again, that is the case here.
Oh, it’s a good novel. Well written, well thought out. And it has some great moments. But a few missteps here and there unfortunately change a great novel into something that is merely good. However, nowadays, good is something well worthy of my time.