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Book Title: Cythera|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 529 KB
ISBN 13: 9780312180744
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Reader ratings: 5.3
The author of the book: Richard Calder
Edition: St Martins Pr
Date of issue: April 1st 1998
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Stylistically interesting? I don't know, it seems like a rehash of Dead Girls, but in a much more trite kind of way. Part of this probably has to do with the fact that I was speedreading parts during the middle, but I can't tell if Calder's deliberately trying to parallel Ignatz & Primavera with Tarquin & Dahlia. If the two books were unrelated, I'd say yes, but since Madame Kito and Mosquito are in both, I'm ... not really sure ..... what .... to .... think.
The idea in and of itself is interesting, but I don't really see what Cythera accomplishes that Dead Girls didn't. The good news is that it isn't as far out as Dead Boys or Dead Things; the bad news is that it is just so far out, period. I actually liked the idea of the Queer identity, etc, and the porn film ghosting, but the pedophilia seriously weirded me out so much. Everyone and their brother got raped, apparently. The thing that bemuses me is, I think, that I can see where Primavera in Dead Girls gets the personality from and, likewise, all of her successors in the rest of the trilogy and it actually comes across as rather brilliant commentary on the sexualized culture, etc. Cythera, not so much; I just didn't see the point of Dahlia, much less Tarquin's obsession with her. This isn't to say that I didn't find the first portion of the novel enjoyable; I just don't see what the rest of it was supposed to accomplish in a new and fresh way. :|
I don't understand what the point of Mosquito's narrative was, other than the shock value, and Madame Kito annoyed me because she felt like a shrew. Granted, she rather is one, but it feels odd to see her in exactly the same role she played in the Dead Things trilogy. The language is nice, but quite dense; plotwise, it's pretty static which I think lends to the problem as well.
I'm not sure how to feel about this book, to be honest; my threshold for weirdness is sufficiently low at this point that the concept of the novel doesn't bother me and I actually enjoyed the idea, but the execution feels pedophilic and intensely, intensely misogynist without any of the dark humor that balanced Dead Things out.
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