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by Rob Friesel

Marvelous. Even in translation, I true spectacle of language. Time-twisting and reality-bending. At several points while reading I thought to myself: I can see why Danielewski cribbed so heavily from this for House of Leaves. A copy should be on the bookshelf of every aspiring novelist. (Yes, it requires some extra cognition to get through but every piece is worth the effort.)

composite rating: 4.1176★

INDIVIDUAL RATINGS:
Part One: The Garden of Forking Paths

Prologue

  • Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius — ★★★★★
  • The Approach to Al-Mu’tasim — ★★★★
  • Pierre Menard, Author of Don Quixote — ★★★½
  • The Circular Ruins — ★★★★★
  • The Babylon Lottery — ★★★★
  • An Examination of the Work of Herbert Quain — ★★★
  • The Library of Babel — ★★★★★
  • The Garden of Forking Paths — ★★★★★

Part Two: Artifices

Prologue

  • Funes, the Memorious — ★★★½
  • The Form of the Sword — ★★★★
  • Theme of the Traitor and Hero — ★★★
  • Death and the Compass — ★★★★★
  • The Secret Miracle — ★★★★
  • Three Versions of Judas — ★★★
  • The End — ★★★★
  • The Sect of the Phoenix — ★★★★
  • The South — ★★★★ ★

A version of this review appears on Goodreads.com.

About Rob Friesel

Software engineer by day, science fiction writer by night. Author of The PhantomJS Cookbook and a short story in Please Do Not Remove. View all posts by Rob Friesel →

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