Bathing the Lion

Bathing the Lion

by Jonathan Carroll
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Bathing the Lion 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
tpolen More than 1 year ago
This book was many things - lit-fic, fantasy, sci-fi - and I found it wonderful, but could I tell you what happened? Probably not. This is one of those books readers may interpret in entirely different ways. The writing was intelligent, flowed well, and a pleasure to read. In the first sixty or so pages, the reader is introduced to the characters going about their normal lives and I enjoyed getting to know them, but wondered when the "mechanics" were going to show up. It happened suddenly. After that, I was never quite sure what was real and what wasn't, but I liked the idea of learning what was happening as the characters did. We were all clueless together. This was the first book for me by this author and it was a different kind of read, but if you allow yourself to be led along a path through this world, a dream world, and another universe you may be like me and come out on the other side not really knowing what happened, just that it was a fantastic experience. Take from it what you will - it's all subjective and open to interpretation. This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very weird book. I couldn't tell you what it was about really--even my eventual conclusion would completely spoil the ending. But I absolutely loved it. From the second I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. I wasn't always sure exactly what was real and what wasn't real in the book. I sometimes wasn't quite sure what was going on. But I knew something wonderful was going on, and at the end, it felt like a slightly more significant thing to be human, and that's what good speculative fiction should do. It was like reading a wonderful episode of Doctor Who--a bit confusing at times, but at the end, despite the fact that you're sitting on your couch absorbing a story and not out doing anything, you feel more important. It's certainly not the right book for everyone. It's subtle and nuanced and there's no big dramatic fight scene or anything. I'd recommend it most strongly to fans of Murakami, China Mieville, some of Gaiman's weirder stuff. It falls at some crossroads of new weird, magical realism, and science fiction. I'd give it six stars if I could.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago