Flying over the Isle of Man with a dead soul, Cosamado delivers a set of instructions on building a portal to the timekeepers, meeting a series of enlightened beings. Melting time? Territorial disputes between dreamland and the waking world? Shape-shifting beauties? Come join Cosamado as he travels through a perfectly imperfect world that unveils some of life's more profound mysteries.
This true story shows off her writing style, which is clear, accessible, enjoyable, imagistic, action packed, with realistic characters, a strong mood, carefully chosen details. I felt claustrophobic about the dormitory, uneasy, just reading about how controlled it was. She knows what she's doing. It's not necessarily the style I seek out personally, as my interest is experimental, so I wasn't as intrigued myself by the bonus stories, but it's simply a matter of taste.
However, the story itself is truly amazing. I'm so glad she told this and we're lucky she's giving it away free here. It says so much about the nature of ghosts. It's revealing, and would surely convince any skeptic. I feel I learned from it, and came away astonished. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
on Jan. 11, 2012
This is one of the smartest fiction books I've read. It kept me up nights until I finished it, totally possessed me. I normally am not interested in mystery in a narrative, but I really was curious what the story was to this one. And the twists and turns of the answer, the sudden reversals, am ambiguity, was very satisfying. The complexity is rich, the questions relevant to our world, because the strange truth is rarely given credit as it is here, while the narrator keeps a sense of sly humor and playfulness, which is wise.
This book would have benefited, as most books would, from editing. The language could have been tighter, for example. But I found it possible for the most part to look past that without too much distraction, because it's so darn brilliant. I don't feel I have to have perfection handed to me. I do feel blessed to exist in a world in which this book is available to read. I will always treasure this as one of the most bold books out there willing to address issues most are not. I'd label it Lucid Fiction, and that's a rare complement for me, as so few books get near that kind of exploration of consciousness, and forbidden topics.