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Honestly, I didn't understand a lot of what was in this book. That's because math was never my best subject. Despite that, I found this book both fascinating and enjoyable.
It's not surprise to find out that the author is also a number theorist. He blends this with grotesque and bizarre situations. It's suspenseful as hell. A weirdo occultist-artist guy named Zelian is preparing an earth-shattering masterpiece called the Cocoon of Terror and let's just say it involves a lot of decapitated corpses among other things.
The book takes the form of a journal of a character named Trey who used to be friends with Zelian but now is fighting him along with his companion Brikle (who must be the most original character I've come across in a long time. Just think about the way he was "born". Whew.) Brikle occasionally takes over the journal and the author is great at giving us a look into the minds of both characters. Also, there is some great stream-of-consciousness writing in here (that fits into the plot) that's impressive on its own. I'd probably enjoy reading a book with just those parts, too. Also.. you have to admire an author who drops a Jandek reference (and not just Jandek.. but his great album "Blue Corpse" !!!). That alone is awesome.
Anyway, even if math isn't one of your strong areas, you should read this book if you like offbeat horror and bizarro fiction. It's suspenseful, original, and entertaining.
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