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I was quite optimistic about this book, it sounded like it might be great. But it wasn't. I think what I disliked most about the book was the completely irrelevant section (about half the book). The entire middle section could have been cut without the plot loosing anything whatsoever. Everything from Marius leaving Keth to him meeting up with Gurd again should have been left out. Not only does it not add anything to the plot, but it doesn't do the main character any justice. Marius is supposed to be a clever con man who lives by his wits but the card game and the whole episode with the island make him out as extremely naive. The narrator did a good job. At the end of the book there's a not-so brief author's notes. He mentions a potential sequel; I won't be buying it.
What did you like most about The Corpse-Rat King?
Lee Battersby has a great descriptive style. The story moves along at a fair clip and isn't ashamed to add humour to offset the often grim subject matter.
Any additional comments?
Michael Page's narration is really good. He nails the dry wit of the story.