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{February 2, 2012}   {Review} Angels, Delirium, Liberty by Finely MacDonald

From Goodreads: C. wakes from one nightmare only to tumble into another: the crone hacking the train, as if it were a viper, to pieces. Across a lakebed, a figure stumbles in blowing sand. Behind C., in a wash of gray-beer dreams, love, mirages, madness, and post-revolution dread, the fugitive god hunts and hides while mendicants weave spells and roll dice for their pickings.


This novel is unlike anything I’ve ever read before.  It’s an unusual sort of novel in that the chapters do not follow any particular order, but rather create almost a maze for the reader, where it is up to him/her to piece it all together.  There is a bit of detachment within the novel as well, with the main character going by C (also known as Clerk) and coming off as a bit apathetic. Thus, it’s a little difficult to follow in the beginning, but as time goes on, and the pieces start to come together, it starts to make more sense. Now, I’ve never been good at puzzles; I’m one of those people who craves structure and needs people to tell me exactly how it is.  Therefore, while this novel is completely unique and I believe many will enjoy it, it was difficult for me to understand.  Yet, even though I didn’t understand the novel fully, and found myself confused on multiple occasions, I think that  people who are good at puzzles and enjoy piecing things together will highly enjoy this story.  It just wasn’t for me.  One and a half stars.

I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review. 


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