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A few decent stories, most are disappointing
on 4 August 1999
I had been eagerly waiting for this book to come out. I loved "A Supposedly.." and enjoyed "Broom" and parts of "Infinite." While there were a couple entertaining and heartfelt stories most were boring to intolerable. For the people who love his pedantic word-play, this won't disappoint. But for me, the endless footnotes, the sometimes unecessary use of arcane language and frustrating syntax made this unreadable at times. The schtick is getting old for me, which is a shame because I generally love his heart and what he has to say about society. His themes and ideas in all of his books resonate deeply with me as these are the same things that I worry and think about but I find the way he goes about saying them to take away from the power of his thoughts. It's similar to a band that has great songs but the album is drowned in overproduction and you miss out on the magic that was underneath. I know, "the medium is the message" and you can't separate what you say from how you say it, and I'm sure he feels that the way he says it is just as important as "what" he is trying to say. But some of this stuff is just plain intellectual dorkery.