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A Once Crowded Sky by Tom   King
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Jul 12, 12

Read from July 09 to 12, 2012

Interesting superhero plot involving a cataclysmic event that took all the superheroes and villains out of a comic-book world, but the execution is maddeningly oblique and repetitive. The author attempts to preserve an air of mystery throughout the first half of the book by deliberately obfuscating identities and events, omitting names and specifics, which is more often confusing than exciting. And the characters are mostly caught in traumatized states where their mental monologues just repeat the same catchphrases or thoughts or desires over and over and over, as if the goal is just to fill pages. The self-aware excursions into metatext and superhero deconstruction don't much help. I stuck with this to the end hoping the pieces would eventually fall together and the mysteries would be explained — which they were — but it was a frustrating slog getting there.
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