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Isaac Beringer knows the thesis he penned during his psychotic fit was utterly absurd and he was right to be laughed out of academia. Yet decades later, he finds himself summoned to the United States by Elias Cohen, the CEO of a multi-billion dollar technological giant who just happens to be his biggest fan. Elias may be beautiful and brilliant, but Isaac knows he must als ...more
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Obaketenshi
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
How far can you fall before you lose yourself? What would it take?

Thrown into the labyrinth of a near future, high technology San Fransisco, Isaac Beringer's farm in Poland seems very far away. He thinks he's there about his patent, but he's about to find out that several people in high places want his sanity instead. They're willing to do anything to replicate the circumstances of Isaac's breakdown, that lead to Trinity Papers, a thesis on consciousness that has developed a highly dangerous cu
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Jo
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Here, Zalecki has crafted something that I still struggle to find the right words for - not only because the story itself often eludes any easy description, but also due to how coming to the end of it genuinely feels like I've had the wind knocked out of me in the very best way. I had no idea what I was in for when I started reading this and am convinced that going in blind is by far the the best way to experience the novel. This is a journey you want no spoilers for.

For the purpose of reviewing
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Jina H
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
For quite a while now, whenever I picked up a new book to read, one of two things would happen. I would either lose interest a few chapters in, or I would flip to the ending for closure because in the interest of my sanity the writing style just wasn't worth suffering through for the plot.

I always thought the problem was me. Turns out, the problem was the books, because "These Are Not The Trinity Papers" is the best new thing I've read in at least fifteen years.

Zalecki's worldbuilding of a near-
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Alice Haskett
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Set against a stunning sci-fi backdrop, These Are Not The Trinity Papers presents a world where rapid innovations in technology make an uneasy marriage with capitalist interests. Two companies, in particular, drive these advancements further and further, seeking to solve the final question: can there be such a thing as life after death?

Isaac Beringer, an aging and disgraced researcher, is thrust into a world of corporate espionage and intrigue. Isaac may hold the secret to continued consciousnes
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Gabe
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully written, Zalecki pieces together a narrative that not only gives us a fun, extravagant sci-fi romp through the west coast, but a critical look into our own self-doubts. Isaac's struggle is deeply human, and his relationship with Elias, the Trinity Papers, and even himself reflect our own fears in disappointing those closest to us. Couched in the absurdity of your small farmhouse suddenly being rife with self-sustaining litter boxes is the pain of what you consider your worst works be ...more
Saint Hedge
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I went in with no expectations and somehow had my expectations blown anyway. I got slapped on the right cheek with romance and on the left cheek with absolutely blood chilling suspense. I was invested in the characters far more than I expected and when I turned the last page of the last chapter I was furious (and for that reason I applaud you, Vale) that I don’t get to see what happens the days onwards. The writing has stunned me and the world building is making me wonder how exactly did all of ...more
Inky
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
These Are Not The Trinity Papers was a beautiful, bewildering read. It's a reckless and emotional and harrowing journey through a world that's both strange and familiar, inside and outside Isaac's head alike. He's a delightful narrator whose heart and mind are easy to fall in love with - it is clear why Elias Cohen did, anyway. Everything reads almost like a dream, but Isaac's shyness and longing and discovery feel real, as does his terror as his reality fragments into a million dangerous unknow ...more
Rook
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I feel like every time I read Vale’s work that I am completely consumed by it, hanging on every word. That cannot be understated in Trinity Papers, taking you on a complete rollercoaster ride of emotions masterfully crafted by him. Be it his knack for making his characters ridiculously likable, or the way he writes about said characters having a panic attack, I can never tear myself away until I have consumed all of it like some kind of starved animal.

A mix of sci-fi and something I can’t quite
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Rebecca
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
'These Are Not The Trinity Papers' sucked me in from the first page, and kept me reading right until the end. Never was I bored, and there wasn't a part of the book that I didn't enjoy. Even in the moments that I wanted to look away I couldn't, totally enthralled by the words on the page, transported into the world of Isaac and Elias.

At points his book made me feel so helpless, and I loved it.

It's been a long time since I've felt the absolute despair alongside a character, but Zalecki has such
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REN DIANE
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Two words. Holy. Shit. This book is very captivating, I remember reading it at night and I truly can’t stop reading because batshit things always managed to happen. I started predicting things but the story managed to get crazier and crazier.

Personally I’m a big fan of the dialogues, it’s top notch. There are some lines that seems flat at first but still somehow radiated sinister energy. The combination between the flippant and serious tones of Elias’ big brother always gets me too.

The way autho
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Banana
Fantastic, dreamlike, mysterious and disturbing. We follow Isaac down a rabbit hole of intrigue and mortal danger, he and we are never quite sure what to make of anyone or anything, unsure what’s real. But through this nightmare he discovers Elias. This book is unusual style compared to a lot of fiction I read. It reminded me a little of William Gibson in the way not everything is explained and you use your imagination to fill in a lot. But Isaac’s emotions, his terror and befuddlement and his s ...more
Cinna
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is so incredibly good! I stayed up until 2am to finish it. The world is so beautifully built, and the author has a style of writing that makes it feel as if you are floating through the story inside an opalescent soap bubble. Along with being wonderfully written, the philosophical and scientific ideas which are utilized in the plot are both gripping and thought provoking. I would absolutely recommend this book, and I’ll probably end up reading it again myself.
Charli
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
A thoroughly enjoyable and fast-paced read, this book surprised me in the best way. The central characters are relatable and charming while still absolutely radiating the mad scientist vibes. This is one of those books you'll want to go into totally blind for the best experience. ...more
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Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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One of the most beautiful, fucked-up, out-there novels I've ever read. Just fantastic in every way. ...more
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Vale Zalecki lives in Ontario, Canada, and is a writer of absurdist science fiction, gothic horror, dark fantasy and somewhat upsetting poetry. When he's not writing he's either illustrating, making ridiculous little video games, or worrying about every cat in the world. ...more

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