Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Review # 144: The Infinite Library by Kane X. Faucher

Description: (From Amazon)
     Follow Alberto Gimaldi, code-cracker and bibliophile, as he unravels the mystery of an infinite library and discovers the treachery of the librarian Castellemare. What is the hidden plot of the library, and how will this impossible place set into motion a catastrophic narrative by the artful textual manipulation of unwitting agents in the real world? What is the buried and secret connection between all text and all life? 
     A novel of dark mystery, infinity, and a compelling story for all those who love books and book-related enigmas. Codes, ciphers, and the sinister await those who would set foot inside the Infinite Library.

     Whoa... So, I was cruising through upcoming titles on LibraryThing a couple months ago when I saw this amazing cover - a book addict's dream - The Infinite Library. Even the title pulled me in. Being the bibliophile that I am, I knew I had to read it, and thanks to the author I finally got the chance. As previously stated - Whoa; I seriously had no idea what I was getting myself into, but I am happy that I did! The Infinite Library is vast, both in content and length, (548 pages), and its conveyance of language and description is breathtaking. I started out reading at a quick pace, but came to the conclusion that it was better savored in small digestible chunks than devoured in a mass reading frenzy. I can attest to the validity of the back cover blurb, it is definitely, "A novel of dark mystery, infinity, and a compelling story for all those who love books and book-related enigmas." Alberto takes some time to get used to, but his personality and well-developed character becomes, dare I say - enjoyable - as the intriguing plot progresses. Strangely, I have mixed feelings about Castellemare, for some reason he seems to ride the fine line between good and evil, but that's probably because I sometimes like to side with the antagonizing party. The dialogue is rich and well-written, flowing almost effortlessly throughout the entire piece. I say "piece" because the book is artfully drafted as if the written word, (devoid of technological influence), is still treasured in a green society. I can almost imagine myself in a dusty library surrounded by the sight, sound, and smell of yellowing pages while reading. The only qualm that I have is that the other two volumes are not published yet. I believe I will enjoy them, especially if Kane X. Faucher continues to write with such beautiful style. Recommended to readers in the mood for a literary challenge at a controlled pace.

Rating: On the Run (4/5)

* I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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