This is primarily a romance novel set in an apocalyptic world. I really kick myself for using a credit to buy this. Fiction is supposed to suspend proper judgement, but this is stretching that too far. The narration is well read, but the Spanish woman (from Spain) sounds just like the chola that sat next to me in 10th grade. Where many of the characters fall flat in imagery, the love interests spring to life smelling of sage and sandalwood or whatever. This is perfect post apocalyptic fiction for girls aged 13.
I'll just get it out in the open. The stories run together as if they do not end. The narration is very good. The narrator seamlessly voices character of difference sex, age, and species (because it is PKD) with skill and feeling. But the stories are ran together with no discernable break. The stories themselves are gold. It could have used a little more careful production.
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I'm not sure if it holds up to the magic prose of his past work. I will say that I was impressed by the narrator switching between soft feminine voice to deadly-cold Irish brogue.
Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the story. The old favorites were there: Dudley, Bruning, Ward Little, and many more. But the trademark Ellroy prose took awhile get revved up and the conclusion post climax felt a little out of sorts. The characters were as real as daylight and the feel was complete.
information from Will Durant. This is possibly one of the most detailed accounts of the European world during the reign of Napoleon.
The amount of work put into this history was no small feat. I only regret that future historians will cut corners and sugar coat in an attempt to equal this.
Although the reading can get dry to some, the amount of detail is astounding.
I'm a little biased in that I don't care about love stories or steamy erotic scenes. With that said, even the erotic moments seemed almost clinical.
It is a good piece of fiction with many angles eventually converging on each other. But if you grow tired of romance, try another novel of his.
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