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Nog by Rudolph Wurlitzer
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Read from January 20 to 22, 2010

For a story of such creepy events, it's eerie and maybe even refreshing how deadpan the narrator is. This could have been told in overblown, psychedelic style, but stripping away that artifice pares the story down to essentials of action and inaction, and resists making particular meanings out of events or images. That's also what kept me from being completely engaged, though: as much as I liked the wide-open landscape the story drifts through, and the way every character is as hard-edged and grim as cowboys in a western, the deadpan voice keeps the story from feeling like much is at stake - even the big dramatic blowout, if it counts as one, happens at such a narrative distance that it never feels dangerous. So as much as I was compelled by Nog's inert drive to prevent himself from having any real memories or attachments, I guess I would have liked to see that desire challenged more overtly or dramatically along the way.
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