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Appleseed: A Novel af Matt Bell

Appleseed: A Novel (udgave 2021)

af Matt Bell (Forfatter)

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Titel:Appleseed: A Novel
Forfattere:Matt Bell (Forfatter)
Info:Custom House (2021), 480 pages
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Appleseed af Matt Bell

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DNF at about 70 pages

This had some interesting ideas, but I just couldn't get into the story. I think this partly may be due to the style of writing. To go to the cliche "show don't tell" maxim, I felt that the author was doing too much "telling" and not letting the characters show what's going on.

This is a novel of three alternating, connected stories. The first story is a take on the Johnny Appleseed legend, with two brothers setting into the American wilderness to plant apple orchards. Oh, one of the brothers is a faun, but this doesn't seem to have much bearing in how the brothers interact. The faun, Chapman, is apparently more connected to nature than his human brother, who is more driven by a Manifest Destiny like philosophy. The reader knows this not from how the characters behave, but because it is stated outright in the prose.

The second chapter takes place in the near future, where our main character, John, traverses an abandoned American West. Why are things abandoned? Because climate change, and the government ceded the land to a corporation, John's former employer. Infodump happens, but so far the story has been little but infodumps. There's some hint at action as John follows a trail to a fellow co-worker in exile. What will happen when these two meet? Plot? Nope, she proceeds to immediately have sex with John, because that's what a normal woman does when seeing someone after a long absence. *facepalms*

The third chapter was actually the most interesting and promising. There's another faun-like creature here, but this time it's the distant future and our cyborg faun creature is out scavenging in an apparent ice age. Finally some action seems to happen...but then it's back to boring Chapman and his brother.

The next two Chapman and John chapters didn't get much better for me. The book started to remind me of the Aronovsky movie "The Fountain" , another set of interconnected stories with a common theme. This was not a good thing, as I found the film overly pretentious with an ending of pure what-the-fuckery.

I don't necessarily think Appleseed is as pretentious, but I did get an impression of how the author wanted everything to seem Deep and Important. Also, I get the homage, but the names made me eyeroll a bit: "John" and "Chapman." Johnny Appleseed. Get it?

Plenty of people have raved about it, and peeking ahead it does look to get better in later pages, but I couldn't force myself to read further when i wasn't enjoying anything.

A review copy was provided through the goodreads.com First Reads program
1 stem lisally | May 26, 2021 |
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