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OK - but more spark than flame,
This review is from: The Flame Alphabet (Hardcover)
I like this writer, I like him a lot - so if you are also a fan you will find something in this - but if you are coming to Ben for the first time I recommend you to read his Notable American Women: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries Original) first - which offers far more and which sets out this guys stall in a way that will allow you to go with Flame here without giving up on him. This novel does however contain something of this guy's colossal literary talent and intelligence, and even something of his wit - and the premise of the first half sucks you in so hard and is so finely crafted it exaggerates the silent hiss of the somewhat disappointing second half. What to do? Give it a read, certainly worth it for the ideas alone - but I would check out his earlier work.
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Initial post: 22 Sep 2013 12:38:30 BDT
Unfortunately this book is my first encounter with Ben Marcus and probably my last. Rather than draw me in, the first half tried to push me out so hard that it was difficult to read more than a few pages in a sitting.
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