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Palimpsest - Catherynne M. Valente
Palimpsest
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In the Cities of Coin and Spice and In the Night Garden introduced readers to the unique and intoxicating imagination of Catherynne M. Valente. Now she weaves a lyrically erotic spell of a place where the grotesque and the beautiful reside and the passport to our most secret fantasies begins with... show more
In the Cities of Coin and Spice and In the Night Garden introduced readers to the unique and intoxicating imagination of Catherynne M. Valente. Now she weaves a lyrically erotic spell of a place where the grotesque and the beautiful reside and the passport to our most secret fantasies begins with a stranger’s kiss.…Between life and death, dreaming and waking, at the train stop beyond the end of the world is the city of Palimpsest. To get there is a miracle, a mystery, a gift, and a curse—a voyage permitted only to those who’ve always believed there’s another world than the one that meets the eye. Those fated to make the passage are marked forever by a map of that wondrous city tattooed on their flesh after a single orgasmic night. To this kingdom of ghost trains, lion-priests, living kanji, and cream-filled canals come four travelers: Oleg, a New York locksmith; the beekeeper November; Ludovico, a binder of rare books; and a young Japanese woman named Sei. They’ve each lost something important—a wife, a lover, a sister, a direction in life—and what they will find in Palimpsest is more than they could ever imagine.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780553385762 (0553385763)
Publisher: Spectra
Pages no: 367
Edition language: English
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meganbaxter
meganbaxter rated it
It's odd that, in trying to figure out how to explain this book, I first have to figure out exactly what is the sexually transmitted disease. It's not citizenship in the strange city of Palimpsest - that has to be earned. It's not passage to the city, as that has to be achieved, every time someone g...
Viking2917's books
Viking2917's books rated it
3.0 Palimpsest
a fever dream of a novel. Four strangers mysteriously find their way to a very strange city, in their dreams, apparently. The city is described in delirious prose that almost feels drug induced. The strangers can only get there by having sex with someone who's already been there and has a tattoo, a ...
Books are Food for the Soul
Books are Food for the Soul rated it
4.0
‘It's been a long time coming. It's going to be a long time gone’. This lyric sums up my experience with Palimpsist. I can’t remember the last time a read a book that actually seemed to fight for its ambiguity. I have been reading fantasy and such for many, many years and this book takes license wit...
Barrita
Barrita rated it
4.0 Palimpsest.
Reseña de: Palimpsest, de Catherynne M. Valente. ¿Cómo lo haces, Catherynne M. Valente? ¿Cómo? La premisa del libro es interesante de por si: Una ciudad que es transmitida sexualmente. Si, así como suena. Una vez que estás "infectado" puedes comenzar a experimentar esta ciudad en sueños. Y e...
Libromancer's Apprentice
Libromancer's Apprentice rated it
3.0 Palimpsest
I absolutely love the premise of this story, however it never fully drew me in to its intent of ephemeral and transient fantasy.
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