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Ok, I have to admit, I am a huge fan of stories that jump around and are nonlinear. That's one of the best things about Pulp Fiction and Resevoir Dogs, the story is all chopped up and you have to put the pieces together. This story has some light lovecraftian overtones to it, and feels like the movie Memento.
I wouldn't say this is a straight up horror story. It has horror elements, as well as some mad science fiction, but over all this goes for the psychological thrill more than anything. This isn't a bad thing. I was expecting something dark and twisted, and that is what I got. It's kind of like knowing you ordered a delicious steak and expecting it to come out served on a regular plate with its sides, but instead, you get a heated plate, gold silverware, and a silk napkin. It is more and better than what you were getting. I'm sure some people will have a hard time with the layout of the story, and that's tough. I know a lot of people who couldn't figure out how Vincent was alive at the end of Pulp Fiction after he was shot in the bathroom.
Hempel is really growing on me as a narrator. I enjoy his style more and more everytime I hear him, and this story fits him like a glove. He gets one star higher just for bringing his A game. I dropped a star in the other spots for some inconsistencies that I noted. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.
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I have to admit... I was terrified to read this, and not because I thought it would be scary, (duh, Ambrose Ibsen wrote it so it's bound to be scary!!) but because I've read some of the reviews and let's just say that some of them weren't glowing! I adore this authors books and didn't want to have one I hated. So I entered the story with a lot of trepidation and very little expectations, but I needn't have worried because I loved this!! I will say that it's not a book that you can read lightly, you actually need to take your time and savour the story, you need to pay attention and you need to listen/read it closely.
I know the way the plot was written was what had a lot of people disliking the story, but I actually really enjoyed it. It's totally different that what the author usually does, and I applaud him for taking the risk because it was worth it! The plot is centered around a new drug that has the potential to cure the mind and could see millions of people benefit from it, but when a grad student involved with the research commits suicide and the doctor who was overseeing it disappears, a private detective is hired by the grad students parents to uncover the truth. Strange things are happening to anyone who takes the drug and secrets are uncovered, but is it too late to stop?
I don't want to say anything else about the plot because it's better to experience it yourself. You will have to work a little bit to fully immerse yourself in the world that author has created, but once you do and once you get a grip of the way it's told, then you are in for one heck of a ride!! It's not a really scary read, but it is creepy, thrilling and will suck you in till you have finished the last page. This author continues to astound me with the creations he comes up with!! Give this a go, take your time with it and I think you'll be surprised with how much you enjoy it!!
When you have an Ambrose Ibsen book that's narrated by Joe Hempel, you know you have a winner. (Well... when you have any book narrated by this narrator, you have a winner!!) He is firmly on my list of favourite narrators and I always recommend him. I think I enjoyed this as much as I did because of the narrator. He was able to bring the atmosphere to life and was able to keep my attention from wandering. He knows creepy and he knows how to use inflections to bring it to life!! Brilliant performance from a master narrator.
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