"Nesting quotation "upon quotation "upon quotation. "Such weird stylishness seems to come from "no other than "Danielewski.
"Yes, "yes, indeed, "another turn...more"Nesting quotation "upon quotation "upon quotation. "Such weird stylishness seems to come from "no other than "Danielewski.
"Yes, "yes, indeed, "another turn is taken: more colours— "less form. "Yet even more vagishness, as a stepping stone "to Only Revolutions. "Really short, this one is, "which suits its setting of a ghost story. "Albeit an inventive, subtle one.
"It takes a while to become interesting, "but delivers in an anti-climactic way of sorts. "Subtle, "yes, subtle! "I can live with that. "The format is nice, the experience is okay, "but apart from the concept and one "or two "or three "story elements, I did not feel quite "partial "to it.
"You might call it a nice "in-between "sort of novel—that is to say, "House of Leaves and Only Revolutions "much more suited my palette.(less)
While the setting sounded truly interesting, I would hardly call this book a page-turner. It is not here to be experienced as a story with head and ta...moreWhile the setting sounded truly interesting, I would hardly call this book a page-turner. It is not here to be experienced as a story with head and tail, but, as many before may have mentioned, as a circle that encloses your brains and makes you wonder... That is, if you manage to read until the end of the (material) novel, which could be bothersome, for Delaney sets so many things in motion that make you wonder... "what has this to *do* with the story?" Yet I found it convenient to see this book both as a mystery (not to be solved -- Gibson) as well as a conglomeration of different social settings. When I figured out the latter, I understood the whole a bit more. It's completely understandable that some people would actually throw the book against a well after a few hundred pages (or even less), but those who stick through untill the end should enough reinvigoration there to close the chapter on this one with at least a hint of a smile as well as a feeling of exaltation. One last note goes to Delaney's writing: marvelous. I was amazed at the sentences he construed; he also incorporates interesting style shifts now and then. All in all, a difficult novel to (keep) read(ing), but the possibility to solve at least halve of the puzzle at the end combined with Delaney's intelligent compositions made it worth the while for me.(less)
Ka is a wheel. While I thought the series has somewhat more downs than ups, I was determined to finish it anyway. So I did. King is good at creating se...moreKa is a wheel. While I thought the series has somewhat more downs than ups, I was determined to finish it anyway. So I did. King is good at creating settings, atmosphere, but, as was the case in the previous Dark Tower novels, not so good at delivering. Particularly the clash between Roland and the antagonist at the base of the Dark Tower was disappointing. Other parts of the story seemed to stroll around a bit, as if King himself did not really know where the red line was hidden. The Dark Tower has the only ending that was possible -- a very typical one, for that matter, which reminded me of Delaney's Dhalgren in a way. The reason I give this novel 4/5 stems from the fact that I felt sorry the story had to end. Over the course of about five years I read this heptalogy, obviously with quite some intervals, but still I felt connected to the characters. Additionally, the ending gave me shivers. It seems that King can deliver after all.(less)