The Ugly Swans

For all I know Lopushansky’s reconfiguration of the Strugatskys’ novel ultimately works on its own terms, but I gave up when, 15 minutes in, a character clumsily explains away the mysteries and open-endedness that give the book its unsettling power. There’s also a cheap, late-’90s aesthetic to it that’s far from inviting. Disappointed.

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