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Atmospheric Disturbances by Rivka Galchen
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I was initially quite taken with this book. It is coolly intellectual, mysterious, unique, and filled with fun vocabulary words and complex sentence structure. Then about halfway through, I found myself getting bored. It was a little too esoteric and scientific, too detached, and headed absolutely nowhere. When I finished it, I realized it had succeeded in rousing no emotion in me whatsoever, and that made me think about it in a completely different way. Perhaps this was the point of it (one of them, anyway) -- to disengage from the manipulating forces of emotion in storytelling, and focus instead on the rational (or irrational) processing of information -- too spend so much time and energy using the intellectual, deducing capabilities of the brain and end up with results that are not straight-forward and exact, but hugely distorted. Great. Still, someone else's mental masturbation inevitably leaves me unsatisfied. I still think it's smart and interesting. Although my love affair with it ended so disappointingly, I hope we can be "just friends"...
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July 6, 2008 – Shelved
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