The Familiar

The Familiar

Volume 1, One Rainy Day in May

Book - 2015 | First edition.
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From the universally acclaimed, genre-busting author of House of Leaves comes a new book as dazzling as it is riveting . . . A page-turner from start to finish, ranging from Southeast Asia to Mexico to Venice, Italy, and Venice, California, with characters as diverse as a therapist-in-training whose daughters prove far more complex than her patients, an ambitious East-L.A. gang member hired for violence, two scientists on the run in Marfa, Texas, a recovering addict in Singapore summoned by a powerful but desperate billionaire, a programmer near Silicon Beach whose game engine just might augur far more than he suspects, and at the very heart a 12-year-old girl who one rainy day in May sets out from Echo Park to get a dog only to find something else . . . something that will not only alter her life but threaten the world we all think we know and the future we take for granted.
Publisher: ©2015
New York :, Pantheon,, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780375714948
Characteristics: 839 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary: From the universally acclaimed, genre-busting author of House of Leaves comes a new book as dazzling as it is riveting . . . A page-turner from start to finish, ranging from Southeast Asia to Mexico to Venice, Italy, and Venice, California, with characters as diverse as a therapist-in-training whose daughters prove far more complex than her patients, an ambitious East-L.A. gang member hired for violence, two scientists on the run in Marfa, Texas, a recovering addict in Singapore summoned by a powerful but desperate billionaire, a programmer near Silicon Beach whose game engine just might augur far more than he suspects, and at the very heart a 12-year-old girl who one rainy day in May sets out from Echo Park to get a dog only to find something else . . . something that will not only alter her life but threaten the world we all think we know and the future we take for granted.

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An inventive, typographically innovative novel that pushed the boundaries of what reading can be and what a book can become.

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Jun 01, 2015

I enjoyed House of Leaves. I couldn't get through Only Revolutions. I enjoyed this book despite there being a lot of literary "slight of hand" in it with different fonts, graphics, and pages formats throughout. However the intertwining narratives were enough to keep me interested. I hear the author wants to create 29 volumes of this series. I don't know if I'll read them all but I will try. If you haven't read Danielewski I would start with House of Leaves to get an idea of his style. I would skip Only Revolutions, and go straight to this series. The next volume comes out in October.

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