I loved the idea of this book – as someone who's set half-written novels aside for way longer than I'd like, how can you resist a novel about the part of hell reserved for unwritten stories? So as you'd expect, I really wanted to like it, but I just didn't. I liked some of the characters – the difficult Hero, prickly Claire – but I found the plot very dense, to the point that I didn't fully understand it. My mind wandered constantly when I was trying to read it, and I wasn't very motivated to pick it up day after day. It's not that there was anything about it that I specifically disliked, but I just never felt like it rose above “just OK” for me. I'm somewhat disappointed, because I feel like I should have enjoyed this much better than I did.
Jessica Smith is a left-wing feminist who loves animals, books, gaming, and cooking; she’s also very interested in linguistics, history, technology and society.