“The Secret History of Twin Peaks”, A Novel by Mark Frost.

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The Secret History of Twin Peaks, written by Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost was released last Fall in anticipation for the show’s then upcoming triumphant return, which started this past May on cable network Showtime. The Secret History of Twin Peaks comes pre-packaged in the mythology of Twin Peaks. The forward, written by FBI director Gordon Cole, describes that this document was written by someone named “The Archivist”, who has taken it upon himself to compile a history of the mysterious events that have been happening in the town. Gordon has assigned the document to be investigated by a yet unnamed FBI agent. Continue reading

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“The Familiar vol. 1: One Rainy Day in May” by Mark Z. Danielewski

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As a big fan of House of Leaves, I’ve been looking forward to this new series for quite a while. I just finished this first volume and I have some mixed feelings about it. The biggest problem with this book is that it seemed to lack a clear narrative focus. Granted, this is the “pilot” episode of a twenty-seven book series. The book focuses mainly on Xanther, a little girl frail and sickly with ADHD whose parents are scrambling to reach her, and decide on a pet. But fate takes a different course. This is the thorough line of the novel. Along the way we meet a few other people from across the globe. For each character, Danielewski narrates their tale from their perspective in a different form. For Xanther, it’s more straight forward because she’s a pre-teen girl, for her father Anwar the prose mirrors a mathematical equation because he’s a programmer, for the gangster Luther it’s a hard edged snappy street style, for the police detective it’s a noir type. And of course, each one has their own corresponding font to go along with. Mid-way through the novel an explanation is given as to why both those things are and you can tell Daneilewski is having a lot of fun with narrative. But as I said, the biggest problem I had was that it seemed to lack focus. There are clues as to what ties some of these characters together, but not enough to tie it all together. Of course, this will change in other volumes of the book as the story progresses. Another issue is the way Danielewski writes the Singapore parts of the book. The “Engrish” and very ambiguous descriptions made it difficult to tell exactly what was happening, which is also the point as that character is a drug addict. Continue reading

“The Fifty Year Sword” by Mark Z. Danielewski (2005, 2012)

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Those of you who know me fairly well know my love for House of Leaves, the debut novel by Mark Z. Danielewski (and a book I eventually plan to re-read and review/write out all my thoughts on at some point in the near future). Danielewski is a writer who likes to challenge the reader. His books are intricately designed to invite re-reading to discover hidden gem. As much as I loved his debut, his second work, Only Revolutions is one I just could not get into. Continue reading

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