Thursday, July 09, 2015

2015 book 163

Scarlett Thomas' The Seed Collectors
Thomas's latest (after Our Tragic Universe, The End of Mr. Y, PopCo, and others) features more of the themes she works with so well--religion, enlightenment, academia,, mysteries, etc. The story here focuses on a complicated family and their connection to a mysterious plant whose seed pods grant you enlightenment--but then immediately kill you. Almost every character in this book is sort of horrible, but also sort of sympathetic, making for some compelling reading. I personally enjoyed that some sections are from the point of view of a robin. Nobody writes such weird, wonderful, interesting books as Thomas, and this one was no exception. A-.

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