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Journal of No. 118


July 20th, 2009

The Geographer's Library @ 01:08 pm

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The Geographer's Library by John Fasman.

I enjoyed it. Not a great book, but a good book. The main story is that of a callow backwater journalist looking to write the obituary of a local professor. The suspicious lack of information he uncovers pushes him to dig deeper, until things start getting weird. Interleaved with this story are historical short-short-stories regarding the theft of unusual items of alchemical significance. Could it all be related? Will our journalist ever find out what's really going on? Yes and no.

Enjoyable, but it never quite gelled, and the climax is more of a pffft than a bang.
 
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From:nephthys510
Date:July 20th, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
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The premise sounds wonderful... I'm sad that it doesn't live up to it's Eco-potential.
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From:nephthys510
Date:August 13th, 2009 10:42 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the link back to his in today's post.

I'm reading it now, after picking it up for .99.

I can't decide if it's good or not. I love the vignettes of the stolen items, but I cringe at some of his almost-beautiful-but-inevitably-cliched similes.
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From:essentialsaltes
Date:August 13th, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC)
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almost-beautiful-but-inevitably-cliched similes

Agreed. You want to slap him and say, "Son, you have to be Raymond Chandler to make that work, and you're no Raymond Chandler."
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From:nephthys510
Date:August 13th, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC)
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Hahaha! Perfect!

Journal of No. 118