- File Size: 1365 KB
- Print Length: 402 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Buffalo Fetus Productions; 2 edition (December 24, 2011)
- Publication Date: December 24, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006Q2V1EK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,239,077 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As we leaf through the opening pages, Sean immediately informs us that this work consists of four sections ( numbered I-IV) and where it begins and ends is up to the reader. The author presented his interpretation as dramatic order but suggests other ways to read the material. Lets recap, we have a book in front of us that we can start at the middle, or end, and still have a complete story. Interest peaked, and lets be honest whose interest wouldn't be on edge with an opening like that. A few pages into the authors suggested order of the tale and we are presented with the following quote "I know everything" Giamotti replied "I am God." Given the opening offering and this quote so early on into the first section, I was involved and invested hook, line, and sinker.
At this point I would love to offer some character analysis, give a small recap of events, and other such things present in reviews. However, for this work I can't, as anything I offer in that vein would be a spoiler. This work is so dependent on the reader and how they approach it that any analysis even superficial would and could spoil the experience for a future reader. I can say this though, this work is a struggle between the main protagonist, Paul Conlon occupation writer and the villain Steven Giamotti, apparent occupation God.
What I can offer is that the plot is nicely paced, we don't wander out in the weeds into arcs that are never cleared off the board. Mr. Munger has a plot and holds to it nicely at the pace you would expect for this work. His main and side characters are nicely developed, you can care about them or hate them but either way you are invested in some fashion in their outcome. Munger also interweaves "flashback" style in some portions of the book. He uses this to great effectiveness and as readers absorb more of the story this technique he has employed becomes more remarkable. Those moments become so ingrained in the work that telling of this tail could not be done without them.
I am really afraid to say more for fear of spoiling the book for future readers. This is one of those works that has to be experienced as a whole, its like a piece of art, or an early RUSH album, you can't look at the individual parts by themselves, you need the whole experience to really develop a true appreciation for what the artist has achieved. Munger has created a great reading experience here with many points to consider and contemplate. In the end when an author evokes such thoughtful meditation on their work, they have succeeded and Munger has truly done just that. Get this book, ponder it, read it how you want, in the end you will be left with not only a great story but a unique view of the universe, and here is a thought, what if Sean is right about things, read the book and think on that, it will truly boggle the mind and scare you beyond measure. Job well done.