A Note on Purple Prose

I mentioned this in the tail end of my vlog on “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle” and figured I’d give a quick little overview for those of you who might be unclear as to what this term refers.

Purple prose is written prose that is so notably flowery or extravagant that it breaks the flow of the narrative’s cadence and draws noted attention to itself. It is more than just a particularly beautiful piece of writing because its result is writing that is almost sensually evocative beyond the requirements of its context.

Basically, it’s fluff — ridiculously beautifully written fluff, but fluff.

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REVIEW: “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle” by David Wroblewski

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My first not-so-glowing vlog:

My raiting out of 5: 2

“The Story of Edgar Sawtelle” is available in paperback and e-book format from both Barnes & Noble and Amazon. “Hamlet” and “The Oresteia” are available in a variety of editions and/or translations in both hardback, paperback, and e-book format from both Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

Brief thoughts on “Hamlet” and “The Oresteia”

They’re brilliant. Read them.

My rating out of 5: 5

REVIEW: “1Q84” by Haruki Murakami

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A new, slightly-sick vlog!

Rating out of 5: 5

Both “1Q84” and “Cloud Atlas” are available from Amazon and Barnes&Noble in paperback and digital formats; Amazon also has the hardcover available.

Brief thoughts on “Cloud Atlas”:

I found this book prior to its film production with little-to-no idea as to what it was going to be about and was immediately sucked in to its multiple worlds. While, admittedly, I did find some of the storylines more fascinating than others, they are all equally important to each other and David Mitchell’s writing is top-notch in every one. I would give it a 4.5 out of 5 and definite recommendation to read — I also recommend the film version, for those of you who are interested 🙂

A Note on Postmodern Literature

In relation to my previous post and review of “S” by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst, I made a point of noting that it was a definite example of “Postmodern” literature. I then realised that some people may not be too sure as to what I mean by that, so here is a quick definition:

Postmodern literature tends to be characterised by a heavy reliance on various techniques including, but not limited to:  fragmentation, paradox, and questionable narrators. It frequently utilizes irony and black humour, intertextuality, pastiche, temporal distortion, paranoia and even minimalism. Metafiction is another prime example of postmodernist literature.

Hope that helps!

REVIEW: “S” by J.J. Abrams & Doug Dorst

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I made a vlog!

Rating out of 5: 6

Both “S” and “Night Film” are available in stores and online from Barnes & Noble Booksellers as well as Amazon in hardcover — they’re both so new that they are not currently available in paperback at this time. “Night Film” is also available as an e-read for both Kindle and Nook devices.

Brief thoughts on “Night Film”:

I’m a huge fan of Marisha Pessl and she has a great talent for storytelling; the characters of this novel are fun, though nothing too revolutionary. PERSONALLY, I found the story great up until about the last 20-or-so pages. THE ENDING IS PARAMOUNT and, for me, the payoff was not as exciting as I would have liked. But that’s just my two cents on that. I would give it a 3 out of 5, though don’t let that stop you from trying it out yourself! 🙂