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review 2017-02-22 00:00
The Familiar, Volume 4: Hades
The Familiar, Volume 4: Hades - Mark Z. Danielewski Yes, it's still really good. It's getting better, even, but there's still some indulgent content and formatting that kept me from fully immersing myself in the novel. Danielewski is keeping his mammoth story tightly reined in, and we're getting more and more references back to previous installments complete with volume and page numbers.

Hades finds Xanther back at school with a viral clip hanging over her head. She's still unable to find a satisfying name for the little one and a solution to the pain she feels when they're apart. Despite this, and more normal terrors, Xanther is finding strength in herself and her friends to face these problems. Astair and Anwar make a crucial decision and Xanther's sisters begin to be effected by the powers at work with Xanther.

Shnork finally gives us something to go on, while Jingjing and Tian Li arrive in LA and put all of our characters in the same hemisphere. Unexpected developments occur with Luther and Ozgur, Cas and Bobby's flight takes on broader implications as they encounter unexpected allies, and Isandoro....can't simplify it much. His perspective seems to give way entirely to the Mayor and Teyo.

We swing from cliffhanger to cliffhanger, character's continue to unwittingly cross paths and yet somehow were' all set up for a big conclusion next volume when the first season comes to an end.

The Familiar, Volume 3: Honeysuckle & Pain

The Familiar, Volume 5: Redwood
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review 2017-01-24 00:00
House of Leaves
House of Leaves - Mark Z. Danielewski I just finished this book moments ago, and it may be one I have to separate myself from for a while before I can articulate any of my thoughts and feelings about it.

But I will say this: this definitely ranks as one of the most fascinating, creative, mind-bending and thought-provoking books I will never read again.
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review 2017-01-08 00:00
Honeysuckle & Pain
Honeysuckle & Pain - Mark Z. Danielewski Kudos to Danielewski for skating right past the cliffhanger at the end of Into the Forest. The events are revealed, but told naturally in the course of Xanther, Anwar, and Astair's routine. As readers in-the-moment it was a shocking, near-thing, but like with most crises (the good kind?) once they're over people are too relieved to dwell on what could have happened. This also allows Honeysuckle & Pain to progress on its own terms instead of being stuck in high gear from the get-go.

Characters are still drawing closer together. Some of the viewpoints don't have a whole lot going on, cooling their heels and gathering characterization before going onstage - but Jingjing and Tian Li set out to recover the cat that went missing, which gives much-needed focus to that story-line. Luther, still awful, gets a lot of attention, from us and the narcons, but also from his boss. He's being groomed for a big job and a bigger place in the organization. What is it exactly?

Anwar and Astair experience more financial setbacks and struggle to understand what's going on with their daughter, whose becoming unusually withdrawn and difficult. Xanther herself is learning more about herself and theorizing about what's going on with the Little One, who still refuses to be named, and what it means for the future.

Cas and Bobby (Apollo), our revolutionary hackers have the most satisfying story, their world becoming more defined as they find a way to strike back against the organization, at its heart one man, who has had them on the run for months.

This series gets better and better, Honeysuckle & Pain is the middle book of the first "season" of The Familiar, so I'm expecting bigger things to come in Hades and Redwood.

The Familiar, Volume 2: Into the Forest

The Familiar, Volume 4: Hades
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review 2016-10-23 00:00
The Familiar, Volume 2: Into the Forest
The Familiar, Volume 2: Into the Forest - Mark Z. Danielewski With cautious optimism I bought Into the Forest. A lot of pins had been set up in the previous volume with nine view point narratives, hints dropped, and literary mechanics, the narcons, literally introduced to readers. I couldn't be sure what was going on on every page, but it was compelling reading.

I felt like I had to give the story more room before I could begin to assess it, and now we're 800+ more pages into the story. I still have to reserve most judgement deeper than a star-rating and that The Familiar got better. Xanther's beginning to become aware of something changing do her little friend, the kitten, he's hungry for something but she doesn't want to accept know what it desires. The other characters begin to be aware of each other in unexpected ways, sounds or images they can't place. I don't love most of Danielewski's font or formatting choices (Ozgur's everything right on top of the list), but the story keeps coming out ahead of its concept, proving there's more to it than a gimmick. The characters are rounding out and the language of the different viewpoints is easier to fall into rather than keeping the reader out. The best set-piece comes right at the end, so I won't spoil it, but it was impressive.

Don't ask me what this is all about, but consider me hooked.

The Familiar, Volume 1: One Rainy Day in May

The Familiar, Volume 3: Honeysuckle & Pain
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text 2016-08-27 14:53
House of Leaves - Mark Z. Danielewski

If you're still trying to think of books for the Halloween Bingo game, House of Leaves would be an excellent choice for a number of squares. 

 

I read it a while back, but for some reason I hadn't added it my Booklikes shelves. I stumbled across my paperback copy this morning. (To be honest, I'm not sure how I'd missed it earlier seeing as it's bloody enormous).

 

Haunted houses, things that go bump in the night, unreliable narrators... what more do you need?

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