The n-Body Problem Paperback – Illustrated, October 24, 2013
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- Publisher : ChiZine Publications; Illustrated edition (October 24, 2013)
- Language: : English
- Paperback : 200 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1771481633
- ISBN-13 : 978-1771481632
- Reading age : 16 years and up
- Item Weight : 6.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.75 x 7.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,472,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The IO9 book club suggests a book and they give you a date on which to discuss the book. This was their January 2014 offer.
I read the book, and was thoroughly disgusted. I'm not one to put down a book once started so I finished it. That's not to say the writing was bad, I just had a hard time getting through the book because of how gross it was. Or how depressing it got when one thought about if it were to happen in real life.
I was completely involved with the book!
In the IO9 discussions, there was commenter that finally made realize how much the book must have impacted me. MrSImonM223 suggests that in most books zombies aren't really that scary. That they're a joke monster. That the real monsters in the stories are really other people.
But in The n-Body Problem, the zombies really are the monster. That's not to say that other people are not monsters, because oh. my. GOD! there are some HORRIBLE monsters in this book! But what the zombies are the realization of what will happen to you when you die . . . oh man.
As I said in the discussion, I put this book down HATING it! I really hated that I read it. But when MrSImonM223 put his arguments down about the book, I had to rethink everything.
I thought what had bothered me (and A LOT of others that read it) was the "squick" factor. It was gross. Detailed and gross. Did I mention gross? But when I really thought about it, I think it was that I was kinda empathizing with the "protagonist".
It made me wonder, how much would I put up with to prolong being human? What is "being human" anyway?
As I said in the discussion, I put down the book hating it.
After some time away from the book, I must say that I have to recommend it.
The narrator is an interesting character: hard to like or sympathize with, but he's an amazing lens into this world gone horrible, and his POV (and the author's skill) do a good job vividly painting this post-apocalypse world.
Narratologically, it reminds me of a lot of Philip Dick's work: seemingly random 'coloratura' bits, a chaotic picaresque plot, some downright implausibilities, a protagonist who is remarkably passive to the events of the world working upon him, and those reality slips that Dick is so known for where you have moments of not knowing whether you're in reality or not.
It's the kind of book that you finish and you're like..did I like this? Did I hate this? I don't know...and then a few hours or days later after chewing on it, you say, yeah, wow, that was pretty damn good, really. But it takes a while to sink in. It's not for the instant gratification crowd.
Next up is Pontypool Changes Everything. I can't wait!
There's no character logic to be found here. Characters behave randomly, choosing whatever would be considered the most extreeemeee. Occasionally, the author gives up and just limply lists atrocities that his characters might have gotten up to in the past, but who really cares?
The world makes no sense. It's a zombie apocalypse, but not really. Everyone's dying of disease when it's convenient for the plot. There's a roving government agent who gets entire towns to commit suicide because WHO CARES CHECK OUT THIS SICK GUITAR SOLO MELELWLWNWLLEELELEWEEEEEE!
I suppose this might be of interest to Palahniuk fans, but honestly, they all have algebra tests in the morning and shouldn't stay up.