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Avant-garde sci-fi that will repel both camps,
This review is from: The Flame Alphabet (Hardcover)
Experimental writer (The Age of Wire and String, ** but showed promise) essays genre with repellent results (this reader gave up at page 80) though not as repellent as the Lynchian(?) Eleanor Catton, whose The Rehearsal I bore with for all of ten pages (shudder). As a US reviewer commented, he doesn't understand plot - well, talk of plot in isolation and before you know it you find yourself in rather tenuous Jeffrey Archer territory, but one needs at least a feel for narrative tension - or, put another way, some care for readerly feelings. (Or are these writers addressing a readership grown jaded by exposure to too many crass movies*, who are in effect inviting repulsion?) Was it him or Catton, though, who wrote 'regarded' when they meant 'looked at'? Affected? Them?
* Old man's counsel: one movie, one book. But the horse has bolted