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build a casket for my tears, I'm haunted

Maybe I'm not as smart as I think I am???

I am on page fucking 135, with all the explorers which IS ITSELF A FOOTNOTE, and the footnotes INSIDE that footnote LEAD TO ALL THE WRONG PLACES. They're out of order, and I STILL HAVEN'T FOUND WHERE THE FUCK FOOTNOTE 166 STARTS, and by the time you unravel one footnote snarl there are AT LEAST THREE MORE by the end of the goddamn paragraph, and JOHNNY TRUANT HAS TO BE MAKING UP SOME OF THIS SEX.

HE HAS A LOT OF SEX.

I now react to footnote shenanigans with rage.


ETA: Guess who officially looks like a psychopath for taking pictures of the written-in-reverse footnotes in public??? IN STARBUCKS??? PEOPLE ARE STARING AT ME.

ETA2: ... Like the house, this book is a lot bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.

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ceitfianna
Nov. 14th, 2011 08:00 pm (UTC)
Wow, my brain is odd because my first thought is I should reread Mr. Norrell and Jonathan Strange as that was a book that did footnotes well.
mercuriazs
Nov. 14th, 2011 08:04 pm (UTC)
I've heard I should read that one!
ceitfianna
Nov. 14th, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
Not everyone likes her stuff but I adore it. She writes in the style of Austen but with magic and fairies and women and people who don't quite fit right in society and academic study of magic. There are competing journals of magic where arguments happen.

My current copy is with my mother as I want her to read it but I may have to just bring it back with me next visit.

I'm on my I think second copy as I first read it on a flight to New Zealand and couldn't carry it back.
walksbyherself
Nov. 15th, 2011 12:39 am (UTC)
I'm seconding this recommendation!

JS&MN is every bit as dense as House, but in a much less frantic way. The world building is really beautiful and yes, the footnotes are epic.

Edited at 2011-11-15 12:39 am (UTC)
surexit
Nov. 15th, 2011 11:53 am (UTC)
IT'S SO GOOD I LOVE IT, IT IS EPIC AND INTERLACED AND BEAUTIFUL AND MANNERED AND OH.
batyatoon
Nov. 15th, 2011 01:52 am (UTC)
okay I cracked up at the nonsequitur about Johnny Truant's narrator-unreliability
silveraspen
Nov. 15th, 2011 04:24 am (UTC)
I tried to warn you about the footnotes...

*sends a LOT of tea*
mercuriazs
Nov. 16th, 2011 12:32 am (UTC)
GOTTA CATCH 'EM ALL
adiva_calandia
Nov. 15th, 2011 11:53 pm (UTC)
ahahaha I didn't even follow like a quarter of the footnotes, I think. I SALUTE YOUR DEDICATION, SIR.
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