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Chock full o' everything
am 25. Juli 2000
The point of most books is the plot. The plot is a sequence of events that carries you from A to B, where A is the opening of the story and B is the conclusion. The only elaboration may be in the inclusion of a prologue and/or and epilogue. Most books are, to use a convinient metaphore, a book like a one way ocean voyage where you start at one beach and end up at another.
This book is not like that. Oh, sure, there IS a beginning and there IS an end, and there is a plot that takes you between them. But the fun of the book *isn't* in the plot. It's in all the wild and unexpected detours that you in strange and interesting directions.
To return to our metaphor, if most books are an ocean cruise, this book is a surf board: you do end up at the beach, but it isn't a straight and sedate path; sometimes you'll be heading straight for shore, sometimes you'll be swingly wildly to the left or right, and sometimes you'll be under the water without any clear sense of where you are or what direction you're facing.
It's like that.
Is it a book for everyone? No. In fact, the author has a FAQ that does a good job of answering the question of whether or not you would enjoy the novel at [...]
In short, if you don't like long novels, novels with lots of exposition, novels that deal with technical materials, novels with sex, violence, and obscenity, etc, then you probably should give this one a miss.
If, on the other hand, you want to take an interesting journey with lots and lots of (apparently) random detours into a whole variety of sub-topics, then I think that this might be a book that you would enjoy.