Book Review: The Dead Mountaineer's Inn, by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky

Overall Impressions

I forget why I read this; it was recommended to me by someone but I cannot recall who or why. That's probably a good thing because I'd probably judge that person's taste in books negatively now that I've read it - because I didn't really care for this.

Maybe it's better in the original russian. Maybe I'm not the intended audience. Maybe it just wasn't very good though?

Skip to the final thoughts if you don't want any spoilers.

The Good

Well, I finished it and it wasn't terrible. I like mysteries and suspense and intrigue and this had some of all of that. Not very much mind you, but some.

The Bad

So I got about two thirds of the way through this book and I still wasn't sure where it was going. I gather that the titular inn where most of the book took place was named after a mountaineer that died - but that really had nothing at all to do with the plot.

Someone dies, there's a bit of an investigation, but nothing is really ever sorted out.

And then robots and aliens (but we're not sure which or both)? Come on.

I read a review that mentioned how it was meant to be a poke in the eye to contemporary mystery novels. Maybe this is that, but it also wasn't good.

Final Thoughts

I can't rate this higher than a 2 out of 5, and it really might deserve a 1 - but it could have been worse, so I'm going with a generous 2.

I'm glad it's over.