Originally I thought HTU
had an appropriate conclusion. When I heard of and subsequently read "The Final Handling"
(as it was called a year or so ago
) it seemed like a nice addendum which developed roles of some of the principal players and pushed the novel's universe further into the metaphysical realm. My opinion on "The Final Processing"
is the same that I hold on the relevance of "Let The Old Dreams Die"
. I loved the original open-ended finale of "Let The Right One In"
and did not need to know the fate of the novel's characters preferring instead to fill in the blanks with my imagination. Having said that, I love the fact that "Let The Old Dreams Die"
and "The Final Processing"
exist because they're so much fun to read. In the end it's up to each individual reader to decide what to do with those two short stories. I like them because to me it means more good Lindquist stuff to slog through and that in itself ain't such a bad thing.