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Apr 25

Vellum: A pre-review (not a preview)

So, like, seven or eight years ago I picked up this book, Vellum: The Book of All Hours. This was during the infancy of ebooks, back before iBooks, before Kindle, back when Palm was the platform for ebooks. I can’t imagine a worse device for reading books, but they developed a Mac app, and an online ebooks store, and for a very little while, Palm was “it” for digital reading.

Anyway, yes, I bought this book, Vellum, I read, maybe, fifty pages, and I put it down. Then a few years later I bought it in Kindle format and I don’t know if I ever even opened it. Now, today, I’m into Vellum again, and this time, I’m going to finish it or die trying, which feels kind of possible. I think it’s called The Book of All Hours, because it takes all the hours of your life to get through it. I’ve been reading since I nabbed from iBooks three days ago and it feels like three years. I feel like it’s never going to stop, and the constant shifts in time, in perspective, in reality, they don’t help you feel like your moving forward or even backward, or even fucking sideways. It’s like reading words written on the tread of a treadmill. You just keep going ’round and ’round, world without end, Amen.

I’m going to finish, then I’ll write a full review, as opposed to this pre-review rant.


3 Comments so far

  1. Georgette April 26th, 2015 3:17 pm

    Looking forward to hearing your review on it! Has me in suspense wondering if there is anything good hiding in there!

  2. josh April 26th, 2015 9:47 pm

    That’s Hal Duncan, right? I picked up “Ink” a couple years back, but haven’t started it yet… Both books sound great though!

  3. maria April 27th, 2015 11:26 am

    personally i would ditch it. Life is too short to tread books you aren’t into. LOL, or maybe i am lazy.