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Posted July 29, 2009
If your tastes run to dread, decay, and decomposition, then this is your kind of book. Vandemeer's prose makes bile taste sweet - his poet's voice renders a bleak, surrealistic world inviting.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The stories are connected in a dreamlike fashion. In one dream you may feel you battle the divine, but then you slip into a familiar scene of family, loss, or love - but the melancholic background remains the same.
His style is wonderful - there were times I reread a passage for the wonderful delight it provided. And that's the rub. Style trumps substance in this wonderful world of woe, friends, love, doubt, and menace.
I ultimately found I didn't care for any of the characters, but I did enjoy reading the passages that described them, their world, and their struggle.