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Review of 'Unsettled Dust' on 'Goodreads'

1 star

Very very very low-key story-telling. I had a hard time finishing more than two stories, losing myself in what seemed to me an endless series of unneccessary details. I get that it's all meant to build up dread or suspense slowly - and in earlier times, with nothing else to read, it might have worked; but I need to be kept more interested on the way these days, especially if I'm not sure that I'm going to be rewarded eventually. Which, in the two stories I actually got through, I really wasn't. Add to that that the prose style, which many readers apparently admire, to me sounds merely unrefined and depressingly conventional.
In short, a classic case of: You could tell the whole story in one paragraph, and it wouldn't make it much worse.

Caitlín R. Kiernan: The Red Tree (2010) 3 stars

Review of 'The Red Tree' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Great, atmospheric story told from the unfinished manuscript of a troubled, haunted soul; it's all about guilt, pain, and loneliness, and the attempt to make sense of inexplicable events. But after reading about half of it I began to realize I probably wouldn't find enough keys to make sense of all the puzzles and dreams. Their purpose, it seems to be, is to permanently hint at some deeper level of the story for the reader to explore. Unfortunately I didn't manage to form a coherent story out of it all, and that, in the end, made it a mildly frustrating experience.