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A Crack in Melancholy Time
     

A Crack in Melancholy Time

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by Trent Zelazny
 
When last in Santa Fe, Blake Gladstone took a darkly surreal ride with Denise Loreaux through the depths of grief and loss, disdain and obsession.
With nowhere to go, he once again he finds himself destined for extinction. As the black curtains drop, Blake chances upon the one thing in the world that might keep him from complete and utter annihilation: a crack in

Overview

When last in Santa Fe, Blake Gladstone took a darkly surreal ride with Denise Loreaux through the depths of grief and loss, disdain and obsession.
With nowhere to go, he once again he finds himself destined for extinction. As the black curtains drop, Blake chances upon the one thing in the world that might keep him from complete and utter annihilation: a crack in melancholy time.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012995476
Publisher:
Crossroad Press
Publication date:
09/05/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
236 KB

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A Crack in Melancholy Time 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
ReaderInSTL More than 1 year ago
This book has some complex and real feeling characters. Overall it was a bit depressing. I did not enjoy it as much as I hoped I would.
Constant_Reader1 More than 1 year ago
Gimping through his grief over a lost love, lost in a way that can only damage, Blake Gladstone has much to recover from: choices she made, choices he made. As he struggles to go on with life in Santa Fe, he meets Denise, who introduces him to 24/7 spiced rum. And danger. Has Denise come to rescue him, or finish him off? Blake must deal with more choices: choices she made, choices he made. She disappears and reappears, and when she does, Zelazny portrays it with an electrifying sense of doom. The characters are disturbing, their pain is palpable, the suspense is taut. Recommended.
Mott342 More than 1 year ago
Trent Zelazny further establishes his rightful place in the noir pantheon. This is a continuation of Fractal Despondency, following almost immediately where Fractal left off, although we don’t really know how much time has passed—we get the sense our protagonist isn’t clear on that score, either. A Crack in Melancholy Time works very well on its own, but I highly recommend reading Fractal Despondency first—you will be glad you did. Zelazny has been quoted as saying he felt Fractal Despondency is the stronger of the two works—I’m sure he has his reasons, but I think that’s like saying the yolk is more truly an egg than the whites, which brings up my only grouse about A Crack in Melancholy Time: It should rest between the same covers (or in the same shell, if you will) as Fractal Despondency. Both stories are novella length—together they make one hell of an impact (I read them back-to-back and am really glad I did). A Crack in Melancholy Time is simply a darker (if that’s possible) Act II to Fractal Despondency’s Act I. With A Crack in Melancholy Time, Zelazny allows Blake to reminisce more deeply on the events that spawned the chaotic spiral in Fractal Despondency—but it isn’t just more of the same, not by a long shot. Whereas Fractal Despondency shows us a protagonist with at least a passing interest in regaining some semblance of an existence, A Crack in Melancholy Time shows us a man who is on the verge of giving up, assuming he hasn’t already done so and further assuming that he has any choice in the matter at all. Written in a brutally reflective style, darkly poetic and intensely poignant, this second act is viciously honest—Zelazny’s honesty may be the most refreshing thing about this second installment—few writers can dredge this much, well, melancholy without descending into maudlin ramblings. We are along for every painful, stumbling step of Blake’s decline into an existential cesspool of self-loathing, self-destruction, and (we truly hope) self-discovery. I’ve spoken of Trent Zelazny’s possibly being the true successor to Cornell Woolrich, and that’s as close as I can come to an example of what Zelazny does; because his work—particularly these dark introspective tales—are unlike anything I’ve ever read. Trent Zelazny is a fantastic writer not because of his perfect structure, but because his work (so far) seems to need no structure. His prose is pure, honest, and sharp enough to slice through your eyeballs and into your brain, where it will linger long after that last page has been turned.
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JessedrowninginWaters More than 1 year ago
I'm thrilled to see this. I loved Fractal Despondency, and am excited that there is a new story with Blake Gladstone. If you haven't read Fractal Despondency, I highly recommend it. If this is half as good, it already has five stars from me.
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