Review (not rated)
Look, this guy has a good story, but he just isn't a very good writer. He goes into LONG descriptions of scenery, etc. in a way reminiscent of Dickens but nowhere near as good. Dickens was cute when he tried to thicken his books, Guterson is just boring. He actually begins to trip over his own descriptive words, using "miasma" and "implacable snow" like a hundred times. He is under the high-school impression that more details and more vocab are always good. Snow Falling on Cedars really does read like it was written by a high school student. He even pulls the Si-Fi trick of including a made-up map! That's just dumb.