I like the rain. I want to have a spring bookworming rain party full out with wellies—but not those Hunter Boots; absolutely not—, with yummy airy things like puffed pastries, meringues, mini fluffy cheese cakes, mousse dessert, macaroon, biscuits, crepe, and Earl Grey tea, definitely Earl Grey tea. and Tillandsia. We'd have lots of "air plants". Lots! And We'd read, but not anything structured. We'd bring books, trade books, read out-loud, pass books around between sentences and paragraphs. We'd leave with books we hadn't discovered.
I like books like I like my Jazz; euphoric, dangerous, occasionally a bit manic, sorrowful, bleak, raging, mood-incongruent, mournful, unforgivingly ragged, symbolic in a quiet way, warm apple pie for the soul. Give me a Plath style. Yōko Ogawa, M. Roach,
Criteria: Not rated on likability of characters. Not objective. I like Moxie Soda; chances are you don't.
time spent in that before bed reading slot:
5-until blurry eye 4-Later than I intended, but I still kept to my extended, extended reading time 3-I really should have been to bed an hour ago 2-customary 30 minutes. 1-book. side table. eyes closed.
How are common themes handled?
5-With an aesthetic that repurposes everyday themes into something fresh. Think of Hole Celebrity Skin covered by Cat Power 4-there is a comfortable air of familiarly.
3-Deja Vu 2. No deviation from its mates 1. Devastatingly trite, redundant, and stale.
Where would you keep it post-reading?
5-Next to my bed. 4-it's the center piece of my favorite bookshelf 3. On my other favorite bookshelf, but it's a bit dusty over their 2-Great cheap bookends 1-It never made it out of the box marked 'moving'.
5- Where is my teddy bear? Emotional-hangover 4- If I wasn't so emotionally stunted I'd cry. 3. Did James Cameron co-wrote this? Artfully contrived. 2- calculative emotional manipulation. This was literally written by James Cameron.1- I…feel…..nothing.
Mechanics (plot structure, voice, presentation, word choice, sentence structure, characters, writing style, pacing, and consistency):
5-Chanel 4-Prada 3-J-Crew 2-Gap 1-Old Navy
. . Note good reads win.
There is an audience for this. He or she is creative, has an attention span (does not get frustrated), and probably some literature education background. Or an obnoxious undergraduate who references authors and writers, not because he likes reading but because he thinks it impressed women (sorta like that good will hunting see re: 'how do you like dem apples'). To me this had too many devices which segmented an intriguing plot, and destroyed any potential for character development. The pacing was fine, but the use of second person you, which effective in night circus but not here, was misleading and crowded the already stream of consciousness style. I was lost with present versus past. I was further lost by the use of first second and third person. Look, this was the author's creative way of using ill employed method with the goal of making us, the reader feel at sea. So abstract that it's actual too literal. Seriously, what's left, making the reader use a mirror to read backward and forward text..... I did that, it hurts your wrist... Well author, this tactic has been done and that book is called house of leaves.
So what's it about?
The reconnection between two people that used to have a psychic rip off gig (sounds so interesting, no?) are reunited on a swaying boat were neither can abandon the restrictions of the environment.
I'm not going to tell you how they meet or why they are on the ship. Too many details hurts the reader' its quite simple if you think about it. But let's just say it's never grand to see your previous bf in a trader Joes, let alone on a boat with your current partner, particularly if that previous relationship was a bit dysfunctional. A skilled writer with restraint would have put some feelings in this sort of collision of worlds, but i found it flat and uneventful.
Concluding remarks and why I really despised it...
There are readers who will love and gush over this. It was well written (not in construction but in word choice and framing of thoughts, feelings (just not exactly from the characters interactions) but not my cup of tea. The literary adventurous will most likely curl his or her fingers around is binding and love it. Me I'm a simple night reader and this turned into a sea sickening, stomach churning read that failed to capture my attention and just sorta whimpered out once I found my bearings. It's an interesting style (needs to be used correctly), and i truly haven't seen it used much and especially with much success. And the ending, yes it was surprising and interesting, but really at that point I wanted to just throw it across the room.
To be completely honest I just hated how a good concept was squandered and stabbed like a dress on project runaway (Michael c I'm talking about you). It was heavily suppressed by too much creativity and not enough editing (i am restraining myself from making a textile comment here). This could have been hauntingly original but it was tragically obnoxious, and redundant if you consider this style reflecting house of leaves (a story with in a story... Etc. Etc).
Disclaimer i wrote this on my phone at one am