Geek Love

August 12, 2008 at 11:51 am (Latest Reads)

Wow…what a wild ride! I spent the first half of the book having a hard time getting involved. I felt detattached and was not fully engaged. As I read on, however, it became more and more engrossing.

I never felt love for any of the characters (I came close with Chick, but not close enough). I rarely felt “in” the book. Her prose lacked something that assisted my ability to suspend disbelief; however, all in all it was worth my time.

The pure freaky nature of the thing was worth it. Dark and upsetting, compelling and engrossing. It took at least half the book before I was there, but eventually it happened. I ddin’t want to put it down.

Arty & Oly’s relationship was what I found most compelling. The sibling love Oly felt for Arty ran so deep it twisted into an uncomfortable admiration. It bordered on the kind of love & depth of feeling most readers can identify with, but added that Geek Love dark & creepy feeling that had the slightly off, not okay edge. This feeling is what I had hoped Dunn would thread troughout the story. She did manage to keep the dark & creepy feeling ebbing & waning tickling my toes and scratching at my fingertips at a desirable pace, but a fullness was lacking. The eerie feeling was there; the whipsers of seediness incessantly stroked my ear, but the I felt the prose left me five feet shallow with no deeper seas to plunge into.

The darkness and seediness of the plot appealed to me. The Siamese twin weirdness was compelling, but I felt these aspects were a novelty. An amazing idea lacking the depth it needed. A Nick Cave ballad sung by Kylie Minogue. Worth the read, but not an “I loved it!” book.

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Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl

February 5, 2008 at 1:03 am (Latest Reads)

It seems truly fitting to begin this blog with mention of this fantastic book. Upon first plunge the book seems a slow stroll through the young years of a child’s transient life with her widowed father. They travel from one hum-drum rental to the next as her father begins yet another post as visiting professor to America’s lesser-known universities. Their overloaded Volvo station-wagon always filled with a thick cloud of intellectual converastaions & lectures must adults would struggle to participate in; however, Blue’s wit & knowledge surpass the intellectual capacity of the average grown American. Several chapters in the pace hastens and shortly thereafter I found myself out of breath trying to keep up turning pages almost faster than I could consume the words upon them.

A highly intelligent, thriller. Twists and turns held my attention, while also being entertained by her brilliant (sometimes too lengthy) descriptions and the highly intelligent language and settings. At times a fun coming-of-age tale and others a slightly gritty thriller. I’m dying to say reminiscent of ___ _____’s ______ ________, but I fear that comment best fits in the spoiler’s category for those of you who’ve already read it.

Pessl adds to her talented writing by contributing the ever-so- geeky element of frequent citations and footnotes (I believe to both existing & made-up works). A novelty that brought me great pleasure.

I found the book intoxicating. The day after finishing it I felt I was still in Blue’s world, experiencing the sensation usually reserved for the morning-after a vivid dream I just can’t seem to shake.

Lots of fun! Read it!

http://www.calamityphysics.com/main.htm (Don’t follow all the links on her page until you’ve read it. It would be very sad if you read any spoilers.)

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