The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

My favorite author recommended this book highly, but I couldn’t get into it. I prefer very traditional storytelling structure (especially something fairy-tale like, as in Neil Gaiman’s Stardust) but this was experimental–narrated out of sequence, with omissions and digressions and flashbacks. I could never get a good sense of what was going on, or who our narrator was, or what the various societies were like. I also found the interactions of gods and humans strange; even though it was integral to the plot, the immensely unbalanced power dynamics unsettled me. I can see myself returning to something this complex if I could see it condensed into a movie and get a better sense of what the heck happened in this book, but otherwise I have no plans to re-read or to read the other two books in the trilogy.

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Source: Durham County Library