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The Flame Alphabet

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Not a novel for lovers of plot; rather, a novel for lovers of words

I greatly enjoyed this read. It ranks as one of the weirdest that I have read in a long time, sure. But, the use of words and language were fantantastic; it had the expressive power of poetry and the compressed force of short fiction with a creepy, organic, off-kilter s...
I greatly enjoyed this read. It ranks as one of the weirdest that I have read in a long time, sure. But, the use of words and language were fantantastic; it had the expressive power of poetry and the compressed force of short fiction with a creepy, organic, off-kilter steam-punkish sci-fi atmosphere.
It is a mistake to read The Flame Alphabet looking for conventional plot and character. I thought it was pretty obvious from the first chapters that this book was going to fall into the "none of the above" bin for traditional novel, sci- fi or not.
An alternate reality, where language and meaning itself are toxic, is relayed by a 'survivor' who is guilt ridden by his failure to communicate his love to his wife and child. His only goal is to bridge that divide but the tools of communication are lethal, adults susceptible, and children virulent.
The whole story explores the power of language and does it wonderfully, through a strange and rich and expressive and disturbing and rewarding journey. It is not a novel for lovers of plot, its a novel for lovers of words. It seeps into your brain and works wet, messy, mysterious magic.

posted by noddin0ff on June 20, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

NOPE

This book is terrible, I can't get past the first hundred pages...it makes no sense and just plain stinks...don't waste your money or gift card on this one...i gave it 1 star only because you can't submit a review without choosing a star...

posted by 9152847 on February 23, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2012

    Not a novel for lovers of plot; rather, a novel for lovers of words

    I greatly enjoyed this read. It ranks as one of the weirdest that I have read in a long time, sure. But, the use of words and language were fantantastic; it had the expressive power of poetry and the compressed force of short fiction with a creepy, organic, off-kilter steam-punkish sci-fi atmosphere.
    It is a mistake to read The Flame Alphabet looking for conventional plot and character. I thought it was pretty obvious from the first chapters that this book was going to fall into the "none of the above" bin for traditional novel, sci- fi or not.
    An alternate reality, where language and meaning itself are toxic, is relayed by a 'survivor' who is guilt ridden by his failure to communicate his love to his wife and child. His only goal is to bridge that divide but the tools of communication are lethal, adults susceptible, and children virulent.
    The whole story explores the power of language and does it wonderfully, through a strange and rich and expressive and disturbing and rewarding journey. It is not a novel for lovers of plot, its a novel for lovers of words. It seeps into your brain and works wet, messy, mysterious magic.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2012

    Painful and without reward

    If you are hoping for character development, plot, or an over riding message, this novel is not for you. The author freely changes style which is jarring. The characters are under developed and the plot contains more serious questions than answers. This novel made me wish it caused physical illness so I could put it down and not muscle through to the end. Which was not good.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2012

    NOPE

    This book is terrible, I can't get past the first hundred pages...it makes no sense and just plain stinks...don't waste your money or gift card on this one...i gave it 1 star only because you can't submit a review without choosing a star...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2012

    Dont read

    Not worth your time

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  • Posted May 6, 2012

    Wouldn't suggest for anyone!

    I read this book as part of a book club group. To a person, none of us liked it. The characters never really developed, the storyline went nowhere, and we all struggled to even complete it. There are so many better books out there, don't waste your time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2012

    Much ado about nothing

    After waiting with great enthusiasm for this one, I am sad to say that I am disappointed. Ingenious concept, but Perotta doesn't leverage the Sudden Departure theme to make this the page turner it could have been. The character development is-- as would be expected from the author--relatively rich. But where's the story? It ambles along only to meet a narcoleptic end. It was a bit like Little Children with all of the characters' names changed.

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  • Posted March 1, 2012

    Dull

    Very hard to get into. I quit half way through.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    I had higher hopes

    The story had potential but just couldnt deliver. It seemed scattered like an incomplete train of though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    Weirdly promising with no payoff

    This book has a very interesting premise, but has repeated imagery that isn't explained well. It got too far into internal ramblings, and the last few chapters go absolutely nowhere. I am fairly disappointed with the story overall.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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