I don't expect much from this book, but I'm really curious about Shatner's writing abilities, & it only cost a quarter, so if it sucks it won't brI don't expect much from this book, but I'm really curious about Shatner's writing abilities, & it only cost a quarter, so if it sucks it won't break the bank or anything....more
Thea hated it because it's too "brutal, scaaary", so I figured that's a recommendation for Velma. I didn't mind the brutality (it's the apocalypse, y'Thea hated it because it's too "brutal, scaaary", so I figured that's a recommendation for Velma. I didn't mind the brutality (it's the apocalypse, y'all), but it is so poorly written I almost through it across the room. The setting (Sierras) was good, at least. And it was funny to read it in the 'future' (it was written in 1978, set in 2014). And it was over quickly, so there were three good things....more
Holy crap, this is (censored) fantastic! Best book I've read this year.
Pacing: break-neck Style: sere and un-padded Genre: thriller-cum-dystopian novel PHoly crap, this is (censored) fantastic! Best book I've read this year.
Pacing: break-neck Style: sere and un-padded Genre: thriller-cum-dystopian novel Premise: language is power
To be more specific, the train-barreling-down-the-tracks speed of the text grabbed me right out of the gate (so to speak, heh). It served the chase scenes well, and typically slowed when switching to episodes describing previous experiences of the characters.
I appreciated that it took some concentration on my part to tease out who was speaking when, & which timeline was being explicated in a given moment. It's kind of an anti-Dan Brown style, as dialogue isn't generally attributed to individual characters, & I enjoy that strategy immensely. A good writer 'tells' the reader who has the mike in a conversation through voice, not merely by pointing to the speaker.
I'm not going to give plot-points; those are available in spades here on Goodreads and elsewhere if you want/need them. Suffice it to say, the concept of words physiologically altering brain chemistry and structure (see recent research on how reading a novel changes the brain) is a powerful one that resonates with me. When words literally have the power to "make things real", and media tailor messages that cause people to "delegate the ability to make up your mind", a fictional world in which "...people are defined by what they want" doesn't seem far-fetched at all.
Some readers don't seem to care for the multiple-perspective storytelling device, but I loved it. I *did* agree with the one reviewer I've seen that complained that it degenerated into an omnia vincit amor love-fest, & there is some merit to that observation. And some of the character motivations could have been fleshed out better. But these are quibbles. (And, to the reviewer complaining of excessive profanity and explicit sex: you have GOT to be kidding. This is only true if your baseline is something written by Dr. Suess. And I don't mean this).
Overall, it left me both wanting to track down more of Barry's work, & green that I'm not one of the BookRiot Quarterly box recipients who apparently received this in their January shipment. Happily, I *did* get my copy as an ARC from my local indie bookseller - thanks, Dante! But Lexicon is so good, I'd read it even if I had to pay for it....more