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Readings and Ramblings

This is Readings and Ramblings. It is readings because this is a site for blogging about books and I intend to do that. It is ramblings because I might want to write about something else now and then.

The Wooden Sea (Crane's View Trilogy, #3) - Jonathan Carroll This is one strange book, strange like a dream. In the literature of the fantastic strange happenings in a small town is a common theme, but in this one the strange is taken another step. The entire book is like one continuous dream. For example, there is an instance in which the protagonist gets out of bed and walks through his house in his underwear. He is interupted on his way back to bed by a visitor and he never gets back to bed. He also never gets a chance to get dressed. He also ends up out and about in the town with no mention of his getting dressed and, in fact, never getting the time to get dressed, but no one comments on his being only in his underwear, so he is presumably dressed. This could have been only an oversight on the part of the author, but soon afterwards he finds himself being chased by a vicious dog and climbs atop a car to get away. On top of the car he wishes he could fly and then he jumps off and flies away. That is just like a dream. One outlandish situation suggests another and off we go into another outlandish situation which will be followed by another at the slightest suggestion. This is only one example though. Others include dogs that die and will not stay dead, meetting various versions of oneself at various stages of life, dead people who talk, time travel, space aliens with the powers of gods and so forth. The entire book is weird from start to finish and it is amazing how nonchalantly the protagonist accepts all this wierdness which is mostly happening to him. Do not be fooled though. Even though it is like one long dream that does not mean their is no plot. The plot is involved in the protagonist's trying to figure out what is going on and with a sense of urgency. In the end the urgency does seem to turn out to be kind of moot, but the urgency is still there to keep the suspense and excitement going.