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“I like to think I have reached a state where I can observe the world from a detached location,
somewhere near the clouds. I write surrealism because I think in the abstract we are closest to
truth. Everything divine is surreal. I make enough money to get to whatever comes next but no
more. I am writing to give you all I have felt, and nothing else - I am a vehicle and I am trying to
bring my visions to the world, however I can.”
~ Forrest Armstrong
on July 28, 2014 :
The author writes fantastic imagery. While reading it, you can visualize what's happening through a kind of psychedelic haze. It's great for the atmosphere of the story being told. While not a junkie, you can definitely imagine it the way the characters would see things.
The writing is really good and the story flows well even though it switches to follow different characters throughout, which can be hard to do. There's a feeling of satire to the story in places, which I liked a lot because it's not heavy-handed and it's a little ridiculous and far out.
I didn't like that there was nothing to indicate the change between narration and when a character was thinking, like italics or something like that. It can sometimes be awkward. Some of the dialog is also a little stilted or over-dramatic, not like anything an actual person would really say in most cases. Not always, but it happens occasionally. It does fit with the atmosphere of the story though, so it's not jarring.
overall, it makes me think of Kurt Vonnegut and Philip K. Dick, which is great. Or like Philip K. Dick and William S. Burroughs had a brainchild together.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)