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Ice Trilogy by Vladimir Sorokin
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Oct 03, 11

it was ok
Read from August 13 to October 03, 2011

This book was infuriating -- I picked it up because Kyle had read some cool reviews and it sounded fun, like THE 4400. And parts of it were, and parts of it were so incredibly strange, and parts of it were so boring, and parts were just porn. From the very beginning I felt like, "Eh, I'm not going to finish this," and then I'd look up, and I would have read over 50 pages, and an hour later, I'd think, "I wonder what happens next in that ice book..."

So... slowly I read the whole thing. I can't say I would recommend it, and I can't even say with confidence that I totally enjoyed it. I did enjoy parts of it. It was certainly the weirdest thing I've ever read.

There's a review on THE INDEPENDENT that sums it up nicely: "But nothing in this long aftermath has ever matched the ambition, bravado, invention and sheer stratospheric silliness of Vladimir Sorokin's Ice Trilogy. This tripartite extravaganza pummels the reader with super-dense chunks of satire, fantasy, parody, history and paranoid pseudo-theory. It barrels across a fictional galaxy that stretches from Pynchon to 2000AD and stops at all (space) stations in between. I don't know the Russian for "kitchen sink", but Sorokin certainly chucks it in."

And... yeah... I think this book will stick in my brain for a long time. Hopefully, pleasantly??

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