Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Half and Half, A Book Review

Postisingular comes in two parts as far as I'm concerned, regardless how Rudy Rucker divvies his novel up. The first half is reminescent of Lydia Morehouse's "Archangel Protocol": micro-technology and clearly science-fiction. The second half is borderline Carroll's "Jabberwocky:" fantasy and bizzare words that barely make sense even if you can keep up with the rest of the storyline.

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought--
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood a while in thought.

"You're asking too many questions, Thuy! The branes are out of plane with each other, like two voices singing difference keys. And when we Hibraners jump across, we only change our phases by a little bit, so we show up catawampus akimbo to you."

To be fair, Rucker defines his words once before using them throughout the rest of the novel. Teep and beezie and wheenk and Big Pig, they're all explained once in that mess, and if you can't keep up without keeping notes, this novel certainly isn't for you.

The first half of the story was my kind of story, and if he'd continued in that vein for the second half, I would have thoroughly enjoyed the book.