dorian: the immortal game. nev fountain
(The Confessions of Dorian Gray #2.4)
This part of Dorian’s journey was slow-paced and almost catatonic in a way you could watch two people play chess for eternity. Well I couldn’t, but Dorian’s got all the time in the world and as a bonus - inclination to seek inspiration in the most unusual places. The story brought up parallels with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and oh weren’t they enjoyable ;) The philosophical aspect is quite obvious from the start, but what’s important - readers never get the thorough explanation what is really going on, just hints. It may seem unfair, but for me it’s the best kind of story - when it gets your gears spinning, sorting out ideas and possible explanations.
The only downside I can think of is the hasty and crumbled finale. Quite an exquisite plot line was furiously smashed with a hammer of fast event recitation. It’s annoying when you have to switch from horse carriage to the sports car in a sec and try to keep up with the overwhelming pile of facts.
Nevertheless, this Big Finish story is more thought-provoking and less violent than the previous ones, and I can’t say I’m not excited to see the other side of hedonistic Dorian Gray.