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EDIT: Whaddoya know. It just won the Pulitzer. Huh.

I've been twitchy to read this ever since I heard about it. I couldn't wait to find out what a book about nuclear winter was doing in Oprah's Book Club.

It was pretty yummy. Like all "literary" fiction, it had a way with details, making something explode in your brain with its vividness. Certain scenes between the father and son were truly touching. The prose was surprisingly readable and kept me turning the pages until 3 am.

What it wasn't, was brilliant. It in no way deserves such accolades. ("One of the best books of the year!" --insert several newspapers and magazines.)

There was nothing new or startling. Nothing I haven't seen fifty times before. The deux ex machina ending is an eye-roller.

Ok, ok, there are some differences. No quotation marks. Ever. Contractions dont contain apostrophes. Compound sentences never use commas but rather they meander through various subjects and it took me a while to adjust to this prose tweak.

Daring, I suppose.

It always amuses me the way popular mainstream writers delve into speculative fiction and are suddenly hailed as geniuses. If a genre writer had produced this, an offer would have been a looong time coming. And yet, it's interesting to see how an overwritten genre idea explodes when it touches mainstream culture. *ponders*

In other news, I ate too many of [livejournal.com profile] stillnotbored's brownies. Also, [livejournal.com profile] paulmelko puns even worse more often than [livejournal.com profile] ccfinlay.


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