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Palimpsest

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2009

    Ink and ink.

    A dark, beautiful, highly erotic and absolutely delicious offering from Cat Valente. In this tale, four strangers stumble by hands and bodies into the dream-city of Palimpsest, led by the strange skin-map that marks the cities immigrants. As they fall more and more deeply in love with the city, and the city with them, so too the reader, compelled to remember those things that you too have lost, sought, and desired.

    Think of it this way-- what if you were Alice, or Dorothy, and you left the magic land of your story. And then you discovered, suddenly, that by sleeping with a stranger and bearing a mark you could have it all back, in a city that would grow your own hearts desires within its districts?

    Wouldn't you go, and wouldn't you crawl through as many beds as it took to get back?

    And better-- told in Valente's beautiful, lyrical style, full of rich colors and rich characters, rent hearts and torn paper.

    Crawl through these pages, and you'll see what I mean.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2009

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    This is an intriguing Twilight Zone like quest fantasy

    Somewhere out there beyond the realm of the living or for that matter the dead is Palimpsest, a place you just don¿t simply get to. First you must believe it exists; then you hope for a miracle, though some might insist a curse, must occur. You still might not get there as there are many strange places out there beyond life and death. To find this city beyond all, following a major loss usually of a loved one and during the deepest of natural sleep after sex like none before or any afterward, will appear a tattooed map on the skin that seems to have come from no known source.<BR/><BR/>Four strangers wake up to the map and a binding need to find each other as they begin their quest: In Tokyo is Amaya Sei: in California is November; in New York is Oleg; and in his books is Ludovico. They are heading to the ghost train that will take them to Palimpsest and a realm filled with wonder, awe and perhaps what each seeks: someone to fill the loss in their respective souls.<BR/><BR/>This is an intriguing Twilight Zone like quest fantasy, but the quest is not some prophecy artifact to save a world from evil; instead it is an individual search to find what death recently took away and left behind in its wake loneliness and sorrow warped in grief. The quartet seems genuine even when they confront creatures that logically could not exist. The support cast before the journey, during the travel, and in the city also comes across real enough to make the heroes seem more complete. Though as always is the case with a Catherynne M. Valente tale (see IN THE CITIES OF COIN AND SPICE and IN THE NIGHT GARDEN) this parable of seeking to belong to someone is complex, and convoluted making for a difficult but ultimately poignant read.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted June 8, 2011

    Haunting and beautiful

    Every page feels like a dream remembered. Be prepared to see things that are impossible and yet speak to your heart as the truth.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 6, 2010

    A very sexy book!

    Catherynne Valente is a beatiful writer! I loved this book! Her descriptions are wonderful, her characters colorful, the plot rich and sexy (figuratively and literally).

    "Palimpsest" is a well deserved award winner.

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