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Half Life by Shelley Jackson
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May 13, 2011

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bookshelves: bookshelf-abcs-part-i, circuses-and-freakery, 2010, 2016, rereads-2016
Read in January, 2010

Reread review: this is a confusing mess of a book that falls solidly between 3 and 4 stars. I love the premise, but Jackson gets too caught up in elaborate prose to make much headway on plot advancement. The twists are fantastic, and I loved getting to know Nora (and, to a much lesser extent, Blanche), but I wanted more. I wanted more world-building, more elaboration on the characters' stories, just...more.

There was so much promise in this novel, and in the unique story, but it got bogged down in about 200 pages too much of nearly unreadable prose that was too out there to add anything to the actual book. I wish the editor had been far more ruthless and told Jackson to stick to the story, because there's definitely something there. If you skim over large sections of it, and only read the story bits, it's totally worthwhile. Otherwise, this book is kind of a chore.

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