Cigany is the gypsy, stalking the city in a cloud of magic. Stepovich is the seasoned cop, who keeps finding dead bodies in the gypsy's wake. The ...Show synopsisCigany is the gypsy, stalking the city in a cloud of magic. Stepovich is the seasoned cop, who keeps finding dead bodies in the gypsy's wake. The Fair Lady is Queen of the Underworld, drawing them both into her murderous web . . . until only the gypsy's broken memories stand between Stepovich's beloved city and the Lady's dark designs.Hide synopsis
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As this book begins multiple character perspectives immediately assault the reader one after the next, yet strangely the characters are so vague as to make little to no lasting impression. This initial confusion diminishes slightly after about fifty pages, but it still makes this novel somewhat of a struggle early on. The puzzling stream-of-consciousness style to the writing throughout and the continual references to individual characters by numerous names also doesn't help matters.
In order to derive the most pleasure possible from `The Gypsy' I think the reader has to suspend most thought-processes i.e. make the decision almost from the out-set to allow events to wash over you, without even attempting to unravel the mysteries alluded to in the story, or make sense of the alternate fantasy land that runs parallel to the events of the main plot. `The Gypsy' becomes much easier and more enjoyable once you do, but as a huge fan of Megan Lindholm in particular, I regret having to admit that this book is more often a chore than it is a pleasure.
The main protagonist is a tough, misunderstood police officer called Stepovich who we meet as he finds himself exiled from his family home and enduring the frustration of being partnered with a fellow cop who shows a decided lack of interest in making sure justice is served. Stepovich is the readers' only anchor to an unnecessarily dense and convoluted story. While I do think you'll be surprised to find yourself absorbed once various character threads start to entwine in interesting ways, thus casting light on the greater themes of the story, for the majority of this novel character motives are ill-defined and the story feels confused as a result.
`The Gypsy' is a novel with a format very evocative of the gritty American TV cop show and with a narrative reminiscent of graphic novels that absorb with evocative first-person voices. While I can't deny that `The Gypsy' is ultimately an experiment that is unsuccessful, I had the strong impression throughout reading it that the meat & bones of the story would make a hugely engaging television/film experience. But as a novel, with so little to the story for the reader to truly latch onto, the end result is sadly unappealing.
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