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a turtle’s eye view – the word exchange by alena graedon

disclaimer – i received an e-galley of this novel from doubleday in exchange for an honest review.

indecipherable: adjective. not able to be read or understood

i love the idea of language itself collapsing or being fraught with danger (see, for example, the flame alphabet). i love discussions about whether going to an electronic medium for stories (short or long) cheapens the value of words or damages a story’s ability to endure. that said, the word exchange was unnecessarily convoluted, unwieldy, and ultimately unable to sustain its own weight. i was left feeling like i was reading alena graedon‘s dissertation on the evils of technology rather than a compelling novel about the printed word and our interaction with it.

one out of five stars