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Inverted World by Christopher Priest
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Jul 22, 2011

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You know how dumb-asses will describe something as being "like ___ on acid." This book is like if Philip K. Dick wasn't on acid. Like, if Dick had been a studious young man into engineering and physics instead of a drugged-out freakazoid. The content of Priest's novel is wacked-out and mind-bending in a sort of Dickian way, but the tone is dry and the prose is stilted (well, in that one respect it's not so far from Dick) and the details are scientific. Somehow it manages to be highly engaging and basically boring at the same time. Frankly I have no idea why NYRB reissued it, as it's really more of a curio than anything else and probably could have stayed out of print without the general reading public suffering too much. But kinda cool that it's out there, and if the description or Lethem's blurb intrigues you, you could do worse and you'll finish it within a couple days probably.
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message 1: by Megha (new)

Megha I was about to buy this one, perhaps will rethink that.

Joshua Nomen-Mutatio Lethem's blurb was close to using the "like ___ on acid" description ("psychedelic journey").

Anyway, I've had this sitting on the pile for a while now. In even less of a hurry to get to it now.

message 3: by MJ (new)

MJ Nicholls This review is like Joshua Nomen-Mutatio on acid.

Joshua Nomen-Mutatio Ha!

This review contains the use of the "on acid" trope...

...on acid:

Krok Zero I don't want to give the impression that this book sucks or anything. It's pretty good, held my attention, etc. Just a funny disjunction between the outré concept/plot and the straitlaced style.

message 6: by Joshua Nomen-Mutatio (last edited Feb 27, 2012 12:21PM) (new) - added it

Joshua Nomen-Mutatio I didn't really get that impression. I know that 3 Krok stars have more weight than 3 of mine. And I just had to crack wise about the Lethem blurb because the first thought I had when I read your first sentence was "Didn't Lethem actually use the 'on acid' thing to describe this book??" and then I looked it up, etc.

It's too bad the writing sounds so stylistically dull because the central concepts sound promising.

Glenn Russell Thanks for your fine short review, KZ.

Since I've had good luck with NYRB books I am giving this a go -- listening to the audiobook and have the paperback on order. So far, so good. I get what you say about PKD in a somber minor key. In the into Adam Roberts says how this novel is beautiful, profound and powerful. Well, we will see. If I agree with AR I'll write a review.

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