E–pub/Pdf [Or What You Will] AUTHOR Jo Walton

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summary Or What You Will Jo Walton · 8 read & download free read ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF · Jo Walton Idea a character in the mind of Sylvia Harrison 73 award winning author of thirty novels over forty years He has played a part in most of those novels and in the recesses of her mind Sylvia has conversed with him for years But Sylvia won't live forever any than any human does And he's trapped inside her cave of bone her hollow of skull When she dies so will heNo. Actual rating 35 stars I received a copy of this book from the publisher Tor and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review I have been a word on the tongue I have been a word on the page And I hope I will be again Or What You Will blew me away from the very first page The last time I got this excited over the first paragraphs of a book was when I read The Ten Thousand Doors of January which ended up being my favorite book of 2019 My pulse actually sped up as I read and I had to stop and go back and reread those first few paragraphs because they were just so gorgeous I had read passages to my husband and frantically text my fellow Novel Notions besties about how excited I was before I even finished that first chapter And I continued to deeply appreciate the writing all the way through and highlighted and annotated an incredible number of passages But after such a wonderful beginning things went from beautiful literary fiction to an unexpected accounting of the art scene of Renaissance Florence I mean I have no problem at all with the topic but that shift came out of nowhere I would say it was jarring if the air of the novel wasn t so meandering And then there were a ton of Shakespearean characters added into the mix which was surprising But the book never really came back to what I loved so much in those first few pages and I d be lying if I didn t admit I was incredibly disappointed by that decision on Walton s part What am I What am I Figment fakement fragment furious fancy free form This is a book that doesn t hold your hand Walton expects readers to be familiar with certain histories and literary works and if they flounder that s not really her problem is it I would strongly advice anyone interested in reading this book who has no Shakespearean exposure to at least find summaries of Twelfth Night and The Tempest and read those before diving into Or What You Will There are micro seuels to both plays in the pages of this book and those will make far sense if you have an idea of what said plays are about and who their characters are Said seuels also tie the two plays together in interesting ways I love the idea of these tales continuing on after the curtain closes and I love even the idea of those stories continuing on in a world parallel to ours where magic is real and the Renaissance never ended But these well worn characters underwent little new development in my opinion regardless of their near eternal life in this magical world They continued on without really moving forward though I feel that might have been the point Imagine that power to make worlds I can make and shape and take no worlds I slide myself into the worlds I am given and find myself frame myself tame myself into the space there where I can see to be me The concept of telling a story from a fictional character s perspective while they re inside their author s head and aware of that fact is an interesting one As is this eternal magical Renaissance in a Florence populated with Shakespearean casts and real historical artists and scholars Both stories had promise but in my opinion mixed about as well as oil and water There was a lack of continuity that was distracting every time the story flipped from the real world to the fictional world Sylvia who is the author of the fictional world and whose mind is the dwelling place of the nameless narrator has a very interesting back story But I felt that her story and the book she was writing never did fully cohere despite that being the point of the novel I d want the stars to be destinations not destiny This book is one of the most meta experimental novels I ve read in recent memory The ideas were wonderful and the narrative went in enough different directions to make heads spin But the amount of fourth wall breaking and self commentary came across as self indulgent instead of endearing The book was brief at little than 300 pages but it felt exhaustingly labyrinthine The writing was exuisite and the ideas uniue but I had a hard time making myself pick this little book up I also found myself disappointed in the ending While the entire book was building toward a particular outcome that final scene was so brief as to feel woefully abridged and ultimately unsatisfying However the uality of the writing and the social commentary woven into the narrative about the fantasy genre and religion and the world as a whole saved the book for me I enjoyed having a chance to peer so deeply into the mind of both the author of this book and the author in the book There s no difference between fairy tales and war stories Pah All stories start both ways There s no difference between once upon a time and believe me because I was there and still bear the scars There are scars in everyone s stories I m sure Or What You Will shall become a new favorite for many and I deeply regret that I m not part of that number However I look forward to trying of Walton s work as she is a brilliant wordsmith whose prose I can t wait to sample again Even though I didn t love this particular story I deeply respect what Walton both attempted and was able to do in the writing of it Hopefully I ll find a book or multiple books in her catalogue that will ring as true to me as Sylvia s books did for her fictitious fanbase in this novel All uotes above were taken from an uncorrected proof and are subject to change upon publication You can find this review and at Novel Notions

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summary Or What You Will Jo Walton · 8 read & download free read ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF · Jo Walton W Sylvia is starting a new novel a fantasy for adult readers set in Thalia the Florence resembling imaginary city that was the setting for a successful YA trilogy she published decades before Of course he's got a part in it But he also has a notion He thinks he knows how he and Sylvia can step off the wheel of mortality altogether All he has to do is convince her. A beautifully written wonderfully strange imagining of the links between author character and those between the our world and fictional worlds Plus a little Shakespeare thrown in there for good measure What s not to love

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summary Or What You Will Jo Walton · 8 read & download free read ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF · Jo Walton From the Hugo Nebula and World Fantasy Award winning author of Among Others an utterly original novel about how stories are brought forthHe has been too many things to count He has been a dragon with a boy on his back He has been a scholar a warrior a lover and a thief He has been dream and dreamer He has been a god But “he” is in fact nothing than a spark of. There are two dangers I ve discovered in my decades of reading in the evocation of Shakespeare in fiction One is of course that many readers have avoided Shakespeare ever since that horrible class in high school in which you endured multiple choice uestions about who was who and who said what in which act I ve found behind nearly every Shakespear yeccch comment a badly taught class The second danger is one for the reader familiar with the plays the echoes of brilliant words and complex emotions can totally overwhelm the actual novel in your hand Harold Bloom addressed this in his Anxiety of InfluenceBut then along comes this novel in which the prose is so lovely so image rich and full of allusion as well as illusion the Shakespearean layer is like the sun meeting the fountain Add in vivid word pictures of Florence and intriguing bits of Florentine history blended with breathtaking felicity through fandom and science fiction and fantasy lovers reality and beingI think of this as a writer s book Not that the reader must be a writer to enjoy it I don t think that s true but the meta woven so beautifully and poignantly through the novel will get into a writer s head in the most delicious way At least it did mine Though I do think that the reader unfamiliar with Shakespeare would do well to look at synopses of Twelfth Night and The TempestWalton s books are all uite different from one another except for their examination of a theme running through most of her recent fiction humans discovering how to be better humans How this works out in story form is one of the many delights to be discovered here To read this especially in this year of total crazy freighted insight and motivation generosity of thought and connection in a way so effective that I know I ll be returning to it again slowly


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    E–pub/Pdf [Or What You Will] AUTHOR Jo Walton Of course all books are easier to read that to describe This is true even when you’re a character in them when that’s been your whole life when you began as the author’s imaginary friend and wound up as narrator protagonist and bit part player in her over thirty novels But I don’t know why we’re talking about you This is a book about meThat's the narrator's blurb for Or What You Will and it's about a good a descriptio

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    E–pub/Pdf [Or What You Will] AUTHOR Jo Walton This is not a book for beginners I hate saying that because it’s super patronizing Malazan devotees I’m looking at you but I kinda have to on this one Not because it expects you to remember a zillion details and characters there’s about half a dozen of significance but because this is a book that assumes you are a serious serious reader If you haven’t read a ton of books especially fantasy books there’s a lot that you

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    summary Or What You Will free read ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF · Jo Walton Jo Walton · 8 read & download There are two dangers I've discovered in my decades of reading in the evocation of Shakespeare in fiction One is of course that many readers have avoided Shakespeare ever since that horrible class in high school in which you endured multiple choice uestions about who was who and who said what in which act I've found behind nearly ev

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    E–pub/Pdf [Or What You Will] AUTHOR Jo Walton Jo Walton · 8 read & download summary Or What You Will BLOG | Instagram | Twitter | Thank you NetGalley and Tor Books for this ARC All thoughts and opinions are mine You see I know herI've

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    E–pub/Pdf [Or What You Will] AUTHOR Jo Walton free read ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF · Jo Walton Actual rating 35 stars I received a copy of this book from the publisher Tor and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review“I have

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    summary Or What You Will E–pub/Pdf [Or What You Will] AUTHOR Jo Walton Jo Walton · 8 read & download It's always unfair to rate books I haven't finished but I need a system to remind me whether I hated the book or whether it wasn't perhaps the right time for me to read it and I ought to think about revisiting it in the future So that's what this is

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    Jo Walton · 8 read & download free read ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF · Jo Walton E–pub/Pdf [Or What You Will] AUTHOR Jo Walton update Releases this week Go get itBig thank you to Netgalley and MacmillianTor for the eARC in exchange for an honest reviewThis is a story

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    E–pub/Pdf [Or What You Will] AUTHOR Jo Walton A beautifully written wonderfully strange imagining of the links between author character and those between the our world and fiction

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    E–pub/Pdf [Or What You Will] AUTHOR Jo Walton The fact that this book is marketed as fantasy is shockingly ill advisedThis isn't a fantasy novel because those have a plot structure characters and conventions This book is a literary postmodern meditation masuerading as metafiction masuerading as fantasy While this layering may well be enjoyable to the right crowd of

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    E–pub/Pdf [Or What You Will] AUTHOR Jo Walton I have never read this author before so this is my first experience with her although I have heard so much about her that I've been wanting to try her for a while This book immediately sucked me in the writing between Sylvia and her

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  • Hardcover
  • 320
  • Or What You Will
  • Jo Walton
  • English
  • 06 February 2020
  • 9781250308993