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Review: Dark Matter

Dark Matter Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

God. What can I say about this book. I listened to it in audiobook form, so I didn’t have the choppy sentence/paragraph structure to deal with. That said, I did have to suffer through the schizophrenic chapter structure. Some chapters were written as mystery, some were science fiction, one seemed like it was trying to be a psychological thriller, and another flirted with being a love story. The final chapter came off as a Matrix-style soap opera that had me rolling my eyes the entire time.

When I started to lose faith in this book, I went looking at reviews. Maybe I was just missing something? But then I came across a bunch of other reviews with comments similar to what I was thinking. I even stumbled upon this gem.

As a whole, the writing itself wasn’t terrible. It also wasn’t great either. I would love to have been a fly on the wall during the pitch and editing sessions for this book. Honestly, it is so disjointed, choppy, and lacking direction that all attempts at taking it seriously have been lost.

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Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Ocean at the End of the Lane The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“How can you be happy in this world? You have a hole in your heart. You have a gateway inside you to lands beyond the world you know. They will call you, as you grow. There can never be a time when you forget them, when you are not, in your heart, questing after something you cannot have, something you cannot even properly imagine, the lack of which will spoil your sleep and your day and your life, until you close your eyes for the final time, until your loved ones give you poison and sell you to anatomy, and even then you will die with a hole inside you, and you will wail and curse at a life ill-lived.”

I lack the words necessary to properly describe how this book made me feel. The imagery. The ability to relate to how people feel in a given moment. The words coming from Lettie every time she spoke.

If you pick up no other book by Neil Gaiman, let this be the one.

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