Great review from a reader who liked the book (I’m happy with a four-star review any day!) but took issue with a point. I’m glad for the very kind and gentle critique, because I know it’s unrealistic to think everyone’s going to love the work across the board (honestly, I’ve heard some pretty serious criticisms).
I’ve known from the beginning that at best people weren’t going to like some of the stranger diversions in this book, and this reviewer homed in on one of the biggest. I don’t want to spoil it in case you read the book, but suffice it to say page 22 (location 4090 in the Kindle version) is another of the book’s “voices,” one which may or may not sound right to your ear. If it doesn’t, I hope you’ll keep going as this reader did–if anything, the book starts out more experimental and becomes more traditional as it goes on. This is an awful thing to say, maybe, but in truth, you might just skip that bit–the fact of its existence is as much the point as what it says (though the fact of it may be what bothers some readers). Let’s call this paragraph informational, since I know explaining writing is like explaining a joke–I had a reason for doing it, but it either works for you or it doesn’t. My goal is really just to say I’m prepared for all kinds of feedback on it.
And so, I really want to say thanks to “Kumiko Chan.” It’s a good friend who’s willing to share an opinion like this. It will help other potential readers as well. Thank you!
And other readers, I hope this review will encourage you to share your thoughts as well. All are welcomed! Thanks for reading.