Monday, August 21, 2017

I Am Radar by Reif Larsen (2014)

What the hell just happened?  Where is the rest of the book? Mr. Larsen, you can't just end a book that way.  But I guess you can, because you just did.   Author's prerogative and all that.  But I don't have to appreciate it.

Lovely writing - Larsen's pen is damn good -  but so frustratingly meandering; the book winds here there and everywhere.   I don't feel like we stuck with any one character long enough to really get to know him or her.  That's a big complaint for a character-driven book.  The plot is way out there, so far out beyond Pluto that it's barely a plot.

The good fairies of genre kissed this book lightly upon the forehead, so sometimes the book feels like science fiction, other times fantasy (or magical realism); sometimes historical fiction roars through.  The princess (prince?) is named Literary Fiction.

I certainly don't hate this book (full disclosure though:  I HAD to finish it, because it's my book club book, otherwise, I dunno), but I'm certainly not in love with book either.  Still, I'd probably recommend it to Friends because hey - if I have to suffer that ending, I shouldn't have to suffer alone.

I Am RadarI Am Radar by Reif Larsen


The pen of Reif Larsen produced some damn fine writing here; this is enviable craftsmanship.

Also, the good fairies of genre one by one visited this piece of literary fiction and bestowed it with their gifts - a kiss from science fiction, a light kiss from fantasy (or magical realism), a big smack from historical fiction. And the bad fairy who wasn't invited to the christening gave it the curse of a ...

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. . . truly "what-the-hell-just-happened" kind of ending. Where is the rest of the book? Mr. Larsen, you can't just end a book that way. But I guess you can, because you just did. Author's prerogative and all that. But I don't have to appreciate it.

I certainly don't hate this book (full disclosure though: I HAD to finish it, because it's my book club book, otherwise, I dunno), but I'm certainly not in love with book either. Still, I'd probably recommend it to Friends because hey - if I have to suffer that ending, I shouldn't have to suffer alone.


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