by Red Tash – This novel was a mixed bag for me. On the one hand, it has amazingly vivid descriptions and multiple quirky POV characters. On the other hand, I wasn’t always sure which character the vivid descriptions “belonged” to, which made the story difficult to follow. I got confused a few times about who was experiencing what, especially the really psychedelic visions. I’d have liked a typographic clue (different font, perhaps) or a page/chapter header with the current POV character’s name on it. (Note: I read this on my Kindle, which only had the main font and italics in the text. If the hard copy is different, the reader’s experience may vary.)
The distinctions between “now I’m dreaming” and “now I’m awake” and “now I’m remembering a past life” were minimal, perhaps to show how the surreal was encroaching onto the characters’ realities. Unfortunately, I had trouble tracking. And I was never really sure now the notion of time travel played a part. As far as I can tell, there was no actual time travel by anyone, although there were memories of past lives on the part of the antagonist.
I wish I’d read this in fewer sittings, rather than in very small bites over two weeks, as that probably detracted from the flow for me and made the story feel more disjointed. You may want to keep that in mind if and when you pick up this novel. (finished 3/11/2012)
Thanks to Red Tash for sending me this ebook as a prize.