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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,854 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Catherynne M. Valente Narrator: Aasne Vigesaa Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Between life and death, dreaming and waking, at the train stop beyond the end of the world is the city of Palimpsest. To get there is a miracle, a mystery, a gift, and a curse - a voyage permitted only to those who've always believed there's another world than the one that meets the eye. Those fated to make the passage are marked forever by a map of that wondrous city tattooed on their flesh after a single orgasmic night.

To this kingdom of ghost trains, lion-priests, living kanji, and cream-filled canals come four travelers: Oleg, a New York locksmith; the beekeeper November; Ludovico, a binder of rare books; and a young Japanese woman named Sei. They've each lost something important -- a wife, a lover, a sister, a direction in life and what they will find in Palimpsest is more than they could ever imagine.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Onewooga | 2/19/2014

    " I picked this book up at random at a book store, and then got it at the library on a whim. I finished it this morning. I was so distracted actually forgot to bring a new book to start with me to work today. I actually put this book down once or twice just to make it last longer. If you know me and my voracious speed reading, these are momentous things. I was impressed by the quirky, and queer, dark and erotic twists and turns. It was a tad overblown in a few places, but so forgivable. She reminds me of China Mieville in terms of the strange juxtapositions and dreamlike imagery, but the concept and thoughts behind this book are so cool I'm going to have to go buy it. I mean listen to this (describing a factory in the city Palimpsest where half the book is set): "And what do they make in this factory? Why, the vermin of Palimpsest. There is a machine for stamping cockroaches with glistening green carapaces, their maker's mark hidden cleverly under the left wing. There is a machine for shaping and pounding rats, soft gray fur stiff and shining when they are first released. There is a mold for squirrels, one for chipmunks and one for plain mice. There is a centrifuge for spiders, a lizard-pour, a delicate and ancient machine which turns out flies and mosquitoes by turn, so exquisite, so perfect that they seem to be made of nothing but copper wire, spun sugar, and light." And this is in the first two pages. I want a lizard-pour! This book is delicious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Trip | 2/19/2014

    " That was quite surreal, and also full of teh secks, but much more standard in structure than the "Orphan's Tales" books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Shanon | 1/30/2014

    " I don't often write reviews, but this is one of those books that I cannot help thinking about long after I've read it. The lush and fantastical setting of the city and the compelling characters made for a captivating book; I find myself weeks later reflecting on the characters and themes of the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by C.D. | 1/29/2014

    " The story was hampered by the clever prose. It's very lovely, and the story is interesting, but the fairy-tale-ishness of it grated on my nerves. "

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