Friday, April 13, 2012

Books read in 2012: No. 32 -- Spaceling

by Doris Piserchia

Started: April 10
Finished: April 16

Notes: I've read this novel twice before, once as a kid and once as a teen, and I loved in both times. But that has been more than 25 years since my last reading, so I thought I'd try it again as an adult and see if I still get the same feelings. It's a bit difficult to describe this novel, but it's basically about the adventures of a teen who can jump through glowing rings in the air and land in other dimensions. The plot is more complex than that, but those are the bare basics. I'm hoping to still love this one.

Mini review: Still a pretty good read after all these years. I came to the novel with not only an older man's eyes, but also with a writer's eyes, and this did lead me to pick up on some not-so-glowing factors I had not noticed during my earlier reads. For instance, I felt there were far too many characters, a number of who really didn't add anything to the plot. Also, I felt some of the events seemed a little too lucky or unlucky, though some of this could be given over to some of the more vague shades concerning the plot, which is really about dimensional travel. Still, I enjoyed it, and perhaps will read this one again.

2 comments:

Keith said...

I remember seeing quite a few of her books when I was in junior high. I always intended to read her work, but somehow I never got around to it, probably because I didn't know anyone who had read her and so had no one to tell me about them. I'm interested in what you think about this one.

Charles Gramlich said...

I remember looking for this one once upon a time but not finding it. Gotta get a hold of it