" This is my first Don DeLillo book, and I can't say it was a super exciting experience. His style, based on the nine short stories that make up this volume, is dreamlike and ethereal, not something that can sustain me when disconcertingly shifting gears every twenty pages or so to a new set of characters, a new setting, and the absence of a traditional plot. There are some interesting pieces here to be sure; the one I like most is the opening chapter, "Creation," in which a couple is stranded on a tropical island due to unreliable air transportation. But even this story took some rather unexpected turns with little attention to characterization. The woman departs when one seat opens up on a tiny plane, and the man quickly jumps into bed with another woman who has been waiting for a departure. There's no explanation though on why he so quickly betrays his fled partner, and in fact it seems completely commonplace. This type of experience is echoed in most of the other stories, and in some cases, as in "Hammer and Sickle" when an incarcerated narrator's tween daughters begin reciting a poetry of world financial disasters during a visit, any semblance of verisimilitude totally devolves. I'm sure there is a point to all of this, but I just didn't get it! "
— Johnny, 1/24/2014