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The Orphanarium Paperback – February 1, 2017
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The story reminded me of Gibson's Neuromancer meets Brautigan's In Watermelon Sugar (the latter is especially true in regards to its prosody). With that said, the poetic language, at times, obscured the story. While sure, I marveled at the language, I had no idea what was happening. I would have liked to have had a clearer idea of what was going on (note: this happened to me when reading Neuromancer and while reading cyberpunk in general. This book isn't cyberpunk, but maybe it's similarities to Gibson did something to my brain to make it extra difficult to comprehend?).
This book also has a battle between fire penguins and vampire penguins! What more could you want?
Anyways, I'll leave you with this, two quotes from the book that I particularly enjoyed:
"Your death is already a given. What is there to lose from here on out?" (186)
"How do we fool our memories into thinking we can survive? How do we outlive our brothers and sisters while the world around us is dying?" (188)
Wrong-O! And was I ever! The Orphanarium is a surreal futuristic dystopian pandimensional temporally fluctuating epic. Vastly complex, intricate, intertwined. I like to believe I’m no slouch in the smarts department, and even I was left jawdropped and gobsmacked here. This is next-level stuff, upper division, way high concept like whoa.
I’m not sure how to even begin attempting a summary. There’s a pair of orphans, Daff and Dil (I first thought they were a bro-sis duo but turns out they’re brothers) with their cyborg guardian and their computer generated dog, on the run from these hulking warrior lizard enforcer things, while various demi-godlike Elementals help and/or hinder them as they travel through space/time/dimensions against a backdrop of love, loss, and war.
I mean, yeah, philosophical transcendence through breathtaking prose. Cosmic mythologies, not cosmic in the Lovecraftian sense but cosmic in a way far stranger, more distressingly beautiful, and just plain mythic … both put together, cosmic mythologies and mythic cosmologies … stunning imagery and language use that plain blows the doors off the ordinary or conventional.
Seriously, this one’s going to join works such as Skullcrack City and Quicksand House in the growing category of books with which to smack upside the head those people who think bizarro is (or should only be) nothing but crudity and outrage.
This is an abstract-painting-of-a-novel, and were it hanging on a gallery’s walls it would be the type of picture that you linger in front of, trying to pull meaning from all the beautiful noise. Chaotic and surprising, melancholy and original. This is not an easy read at all, but it’s a rewarding experience nonetheless.