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The Fifty Year Sword by Mark Z. Danielewski
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Oct 20, 12

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bookshelves: e-books, 2011, reviewed
Read in August, 2011

The story itself is short but morbid and fantastical. A mysterious storyteller visits a party one night and tells five orphans a story about the Fifty Year Sword: one that is invisible but deadly. Definitely recommend.

It's written using quotes (from five different narrators) that are pieced together in a poem-like way to create the story. It was difficult to adjust to that pattern at first, but once you get in the rhythm it's great. The plot really picks up about halfway through, and it becomes easier to see characters emerge from the narrators based on their speech/grammar/spelling.
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