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The author seems incapable of writing a single sentence without using some form of metaphor or simile.
Unfortunately, this also makes the first part hard to get into because the story threads don't seem to gel together.
Valente's writing too is magic, painting a vibrant fantasy which is shadowed by beautifully realistic characters.
Loved the writing style and the imaginative story, although some of the vocabulary was used incorrectly.Published 1 month ago by TennisShoe
Three months after finishing this book I am still deeply ambivalent about it. As many others have noted, what sets this book apart is its novel central conceit of a world that you... Read morePublished 2 months ago by librerika
This book is brilliant and brilliantly written. But that is what I've come to expect from Catherynne Valente.Published 4 months ago by Wendy Boynton
A gorgeous story of magic and world-crossing and, trickiest of all, people and how they love. Cannot recommend highly enough. Beautiful, beautiful poetry-as-prose.Published 5 months ago by Laura Renee
Not for me. This was a selection from Vine Program, on a series of CD. I tried very hard to finish , but I kept falling asleep during the reading. Read morePublished 6 months ago by B. Rackley
I bought the audio and e book together, what a wonderful journey it was into the city of Palimpsest! From the first page I was captivated by Catherynne Valente's strange new world. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Susan peterson
Beautifully written, with all the keys, maps, food, creatures, and characters you would expect from Valente.
It's not a romance novel. Read more
I was already a fan of Catherynne Valente thanks to The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland series and The Orphan's Tales duology, though I'll admit to being a bit taken aback on... Read morePublished 9 months ago by R. M. Fisher
Palimpsest is an enchanted city, beyond our own waking world, ruled over by the impetuous Casimira, Queen of the Insects. Read morePublished 10 months ago by KLR