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- Print Length: 297 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: April 29, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00K1JFHSA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
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Wednesdaymeter Kindle Edition
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Where I stopped reading: The 2.7% mark on my Moon+ Reader.
Why I stopped reading: You know when you’re swimming in a river and you open your eyes underwater to see where you are, but instead of a clear image you just see a brown, murky sort of cloud? Yeah. This book was like that, only with words — muddy and muddled. It wasn’t just that, though — there was also some severe thesaurus abuse.
You know that cooler of Jell-O shots you tie to the side of your raft at the beginning of your lazy river adventure? It’s a great idea, right? But . . . just because you CAN drink all that alcohol doesn’t mean you SHOULD. Now, let’s pretend that cooler is a thesaurus and each shot is a really cool word. See where I’m going here? Yeah. Please enjoy your thesaurus responsibly.
As reviewed by Melissa at Every Free Chance Books.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Wednesdaymeter is a thinker. It is not an easy read nor is it in any way familiar to something else. I applaud Carnby’s originality. As well, I do not feel this book is as complicated as some others may feel. Fruit and colors are the magic components in the story. While the actual breakdown of how the magic system works is never clearly defined, it is clear they hold the power to distort and change the character’s reality. The world we know has been contaminated and now there are two dimensions. Some characters are represented by shapes, like polygon and triangle characters. I might be getting metaphorical here, but to me their shapes represented their power level like how the military and police use symbols to denote status. Whether this was meant to be metaphorical, I can’t say, but it is how I interpreted the abstractness. There were other symbols used that also had metaphorical tones that could be read into that were scattered throughout the book. Also, included throughout the story was social commentary on life in general and how pointless our jobs and activities can be spending so much of our time on fruitless agendas. Often to dehumanizing effects. This is more of a fantasy literary read with an awkward adventure, than a standard fantasy experience. However, Pearson, a character relatively new to the powers of fruit is learning about the world as much as we are and so having him as a somewhat uninformed perspective helped me as a reader feel not as blind. I appreciated that by incorporating Pearson we are supposed to be as wide eyed and confused too.
On a side note, I would like to mention how pretty the cover is. The designer Tyler Edlin did an awesome job of capturing the essence of the book. There is quite a bit of pineapple riding and in general just a captivating cover. It helped make my decision to read the book easier. Never underestimate the power of a good cover.
Carnby created a clean and well-written wacky story that will have you scratching your head at times. Occasionally, I thought the author might have been high out of confusion and wonder as to where in the world he came up with these ideas. This is definitely a different ride and if you want to spend some time in New Bensonville exploring this strange world, then I encourage you to pick it up and give it a try. While this tale was not my exact cup of tea, I acknowledge that this is a well done story and will appeal to readers who enjoy the unusual.
*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
This is an odd but interesting hook for a novel. Unfortunately, the author fails to communicate anything of significance regarding the setting, the characters, or the overarching plot until the last tenth of the novel. The other ninety percent felt like an abstract painting produced solely for the author’s amusement that the reader is only begrudgingly allowed to experience. Poorly described scenes and wonky pacing compound the issue and leave the book an indecipherable mess.
Every work of fiction involves a dialogue between the author and the reader. An essential part of that dialogue is communicating enough information about the world to the reader so that she has a coherent lens to view the characters and events of the story through. This is particularly important in works of science fiction and fantasy because the world the reader is used to, and its basic rules, are usually different. Often, it’s difficult to balance informing the reader and leaving enough unknown to maintain a sense of intrigue.
In this case, the author created a wholly unique world and magic system that only shares some vague aesthetic similarities to the world we’re used to. Although not a problem in and of itself, a world like this requires a lot of heavy lifting to bring the reader up to speed, and the author utterly failed to do so. I spent the vast majority of the book frustrated because, until the end, I didn’t have a clue what was happening.
The novel is laced with hints, but they only make sense at the very end of the book. As far as plot and intrigue goes, this normally isn’t a problem, but in this case I had such a small amount of information about the world and characters to work with that I could not begin filling in the blanks. It could have been interesting instead of confounding, but until the final pages of the book I was left wondering what the point was.
The second issue with the book is the author’s use of description and language. Very few of the scenes have a firm base that allows the reader to visualize them. Instead, the author immediately leaps into soaring descriptions of the strangest parts of the scenes and more or less leaves the reader to make everything else up. Mundane objects and surroundings are generally mentioned, not described. This often causes the book to read more like a fever dream than a work of fiction.
Additionally, the author gets a bit lofty with his use of vocabulary and commits the literary sin of trying to be too clever. This is a matter of my personal taste, but I prefer the complexity in a novel to reside with the setting, plot, and characters, not the sentence structure and use of vocabulary.
My final issue is the pacing. The author jumps between a wide variety of character perspectives which, in a novel with as unusual a premise as this one, only serves to dilute and confuse things. Worse, every character leaps from crisis to crisis at a manufactured pace. I felt like many of the events in the novel happened because something was needed to fill the space, rather than because another chase scene, or another break in, or another catastrophe was necessary to the plot. There’s little time for the world to grow on the reader or the characters to become anything more than an odd collection of plot devices and contrived twists.
Ultimately, it feels like the author had a fascinating dream, rolled out of bed, scribbled it into a book, and then failed to render it in language the rest of us can understand. There was the potential for something unusual and fascinating, but it was not realized. This one is a 2/5.
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