Beyond Black, Hilary Mantel

I started out liking this book a lot, and then I liked it progressively less and less.  Fie to Philip Pullman who thinks it is so wonderful – this is just the sort of book you would think he would like.  Bah.  I agree with GeraniumCat that it’s a really interesting and genuine depiction of the dead, but I didn’t like the book taken altogether.  I got tired and depressed reading it, which I don’t think is the effect books are meant to have.  Plus, although Tarot cards didn’t feature prominently, I often didn’t like the interpretations of the cards that the author gave.  Fortunately I read Beyond Black in between volumes of Fables, and those cheered me up enormously.

  • I didn’t care for it either. The buzz was so positive that I kept trying to care, but no joy. I abandoned this one back when I rarely failed to finish a book. This year, I’m abandoning with ease.