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The Illumination by Kevin Brockmeier
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May 11, 2011

liked it
bookshelves: not-amazing-but-very-addictive
Read from May 11 to 14, 2011

** spoiler alert ** So far, it started out really great. Intriguing, lovely writing style, almost poetic, I could almost see the illumination coming out of the book itself. Further into the book, though, it's getting a bit tedious and dragging on. Nothing much has happened, and yet a lot has happened. It's confusing at times who the author is talking about, and it's an adult read so I can't comprehend some of it. Hope it turns out well.
Well, a lot of reviews warned me, and I knew they would be right. The ending is disappointing. It doesn't end any different than it began. I just don't think I fully understood it. Maybe it was out of my age range, but it just kind of kept going and going and then stopped randomly. It was like a long railroad track with lots of beautiful scenery and then all of a sudden it stops in the middle of nowhere. Other than the ending (which is very important) the book kept me fairly intriguied. But what was the point of the crack opening in the ground with the love notes? I get it's supposed to be some kind of climax, but it was like an idea the writer toyed with and then just threw away. He never explained it and it never went anywhere. I thought it could've been great, but it wasn't and I'm just left wondering where the hell I am. I have to admit, though; I couldn't put it down.
Okay, so I read a review and think I understand this book a lot better now. I have a newfound appreciation for it, though I do admit it wasn't done as masterfully as it could have been. It was flawed, yes, but beautiful otherwise. I think I'll bump this up a star...
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05/11/2011 page 217
80.0% "Great at first, but getting tedious. Hope he ties it together well."

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TheGirlBytheSeaofCortez It's not out of your age range. Though beautifully written, the book just didn't go anywhere.

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