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Stone Of Farewell: Book 2 of Memory, Sorrow and Thorn, by Tad Williams

Please go to The Memory, Sorrow and Thorn Trilogy post for a review of this novel.

The Dragonbone Chair: Book 1 of Memory, Sorrow and Thorn, by Tad Williams

Please go to The Memory, Sorrow and Thorn Trilogy post for a review of this novel.

Familiar by J. Robert Lennon

Having neatly tucked away Breakfast of Championsonce more, I was drawn as if by the divine hand to an article at Electric Literature* which lead me in turn to Familiar by an author unknown to me. The article may have read thusly: Like Vonnegut, Lennon is able to defy genres; Familiar appeals to a variety of readers, from the sci-fi set to the literary fiction elite. Also like Vonnegut, there’s even a Kilgore-Troutian moment in which the universes of the writer, reader, and protagonist briefly and spectacularly collide.
Of course, it may not have done. Regardless, I was intrigued.
I have written before of the strange feelings inspired by the selection of a novel by an as-yet unread author. Do I go overly dramatic and find meaning in every word, or do I stand back, detached and disapproving? In J. Robert Lennon's case, I was ambivalent as I began, distrusting his words, but I was quickly swept up by the sheer narrative impetus. I remained cool, but the story fairly zips along. 
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