Di. 1. Mai 2007
Fool on the Hill — M. Ruff
This book is just bad. Don't be tricked into reading it by
anyone praising the creativity of the author. There is a
difference between pasting together arbitrary nonsense and
creative composition. Matt Ruff chose the former. He even
indirectly admits it in the book where one actor employs
a horde of monkeys to tap out the
story on their
The result is a nonsensical mix of fairy tale, thriller-may-be, love and horror story. In a good fantasy or science fiction story, much of the thrill stems from the tension between the rules and limits — even if unphysical — set up by the author, and how the characters employ them to their benefit as the story develops. Ruff is too lazy to make up any rules. Again he admits by way of one of the characters in the book that he feels free to toss in any twist or turn any time. Too often the reader gets the feeling that Ruff uses this freedom to yank the story out of the corner he has painted/written it into. Silly nonsense, not even funny.
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