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Special Topics in Calamity Physics review â E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ [PDF / Epub] ✐ Special Topics in Calamity Physics ☃ Marisha Pessl – Helpyouantib.co.uk Special Topics in Calamity Physics is a darkly hilarious coming of age novel and a richly plotted suspense tale told through the distinctH a charismatic group of friends and their captivating teacher Hannah Schneider But when the drowning of one of Hannah's friends and the shocking death of Hannah herself lead to a confluence of mysteries Blue is left to make sense of it all with only her gimlet eyed instincts and cultural references to guide or misguide her. What have I learned I've learned that apparently it's possible for a large number of fawning reviewers to confuse pretentious with intelligent I very likely got what I deserved when I chose to ignore a clear warning namely the so called Glossary of Terms inside the dustjacket which introduced our 16 year old heroine Blue van Meer as a brainy deadpan preternaturally erudite girl whohas a head crammed full of literary scientific and philosophical knowledge Admittedly I was taken in by the somewhat amusing and engaging first page but after thatimagine spending 500 pages with a sheltered socially inept overly verbose adolescent know it all YuckThe kindest thing I can say about this book is that it's desperately trying to be a long winded young adult version of The Secret History with a nasty case of Purple Prose But at last at the very end of the twisting gravel road was the house an awkward wooden faced coy mistress clinging to half a hill with bulky additions stuck to her sides like giant faux pasBut wait there's There was no sound in the claustrophobic hallway except Zach's breathing which heaved like the interior of a conch shell I could feel his eyes dripping down me coursing through the folds of Jefferson's crispy black dress that resembled an upside down shitake mushroom if you suinted at it The silvery black fabric felt flimsy as if it could stiffly peel away like tinfoil around cold fried chicken'nuff said

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In Calamity PDFEPUB #229 aphorisms and meteoric affairs Blue is clever deadpan and possessed of a vast lexicon of literary political philosophical and scientific knowledge and is uite the cineaste to boot In her final year of high school at the elite and unusual St Gallway School in Stockton North Carolina Blue falls in wit. I really wanted to like this bookBut it’s a train wreck The literary carnage is so grotesue and horrifying you can’t help but look read And I promise you just take my word for it that metaphor is better than most that Pessl uses in this debut novel of hersDespite what Bayard says it’s amazing what happens when you stop talking about a text and actually interact with it I’ll tell you what happens disappointment Utter utter disappointmentFor all intents and purposes the book doesn’t even start until the second half when a certain major character is found dead by the narratorprotagonist As readers we learn about the death with the first line of Chapter #1 “Before I tell you about Hannah Schneider’s death I’ll tell you about my mother’s” So essentially the first half of the book amounts to literary blue balls in which Pessl torments us with bad writing and we writhe in agony praying for releaseIt is a common formula to take the wit and wisdom of an adult and transplant it into an adolescent from Catcher in the Rye to Juno Pessl brings this trite techniue to a new low Unlike the social relevance and humor of Diablo Cody or the sparse unfathomable brilliance of Salinger Pessl just writes with broad strokes and clunky rhetorical devices Her writing is hyperbolic and extreme She seems to pride herself on regurgitating endless references and allusions but I would prefer that instead of describing someone as having “the air of a Chateau Marmont bungalow about her” she just describe the damn person Do some real work MarishaAnd oh how Marisha Pessl loves similes and metaphors She and Augusten Burroughs should get together and have some kind of simiphor off Sample Pessl snippet“Charles and his friends looked forward to the hours at her house much in the way New York City’s celery thin heiresses and beetroot B picture lotharios looked forward to noserubbing at the Stork Club certain sweaty Saturday nights in 1943 see Forget About El Morocco The Xanadu of the New York Elite the Stork Club 1929 1965 Riser 1981I have two problems with this kind of writing1 I don’t know the way New York City’s celery thin heiresses and beetroot B picture lotharios looked forward to noserubbing at the Stork Club certain sweaty Saturday nights in 1943 So this metaphor is completely useless to me Why can’t Charles and his friends just look forward to the hours at her house2 The damn parenthetical references They’re throughout the entire book It’s probably supposed to help clear up my first problem with this passage but it only serves to remove me from the story in two really stupid ways 1 I stop reading and go look it up or 2 Since I’m reading a book about a high school senior who can’t possibly know all of the books and references in parentheses I can only assume this is Marisha Pessl being an annoying smartass with this kind of crappy Authorial IntrusionThere’s also “Visual Aids” throughout the book Drawings by the author Really annoying Really stupid Absolutely unnecessaryAt one point there is a blubbery Mercedes If anyone can send me a picture of a “blubbery” Mercedes Authwhore will award you with a free book that is better than Special Topics in Calamity PhysicsAt one point people say their names “with paint by numbers politeness” This is a problem because paint by numbers are not polite They can be tacky painstaking time consuming fun childish whimsical or any number of other things but I don’t think that there is anything polite about paint by numbers and certainly nothing polite about a writer using such poorly chosen imagery with reckless abandon and intending people read 514 pages of itAt one point “he either stared at the kid as if he were a Price is Right rerun barely blinking or replied in his molasses accent ‘Nunna ya goddamn business’” How do you stare at a Price is Right rerun Well Pessl knows that no one knows so she tells us You barely blink Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhshouldn’t she then just have wrote that “he stared barely blinking” instead of “staring as if he were a Price is Right rerun barely blinking” Yes Yes she should have And that is why this book is categorically officially absolutely bad If you’re still wondering how exactly you stare at a Price is Right rerun this book will also leave you wondering how you look at a snag in tights Riveting stuff reallyAt one point “Officer Donnie Lee happened to have saturated himself in Paul Revere like cologne it rode far ahead of him alerting all of his impending arrival” Which doesn’t even work Paul Revere rode to warn people not of his own arrival but of the British’s So I guess that’s why it’s Paul Revere like But isn’t there a better image for something that travels ahead to warn of itself A fog horn perhaps A screeching buzzer on a truckAt one point “Hannah was wearing a housedress the color of sandpaper”The color of sandpaper Pessl how imprecise can you be Is there a worse writer What type What grit What brand I’ve seen gray sandpaper black sandpaper brown sandpaper rust sandpaper beige sandpaperAt one point the narratorprotagonist has a fight with her father and proceeds to throw books at him I was really hoping to learn that Marisha Pessl had some true postmodern class and sense of humor by having her throw this book at himIt didn’t happenI threw my own copy insteadFor the record Marisha Pessl is still hotNot Sophie Dahl hot But still hot

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Special Topics in Calamity PhysicsIn Calamity MOBI #245 Special Topics in Calamity Physics is a darkly hilarious coming of age novel and a richly plotted suspense tale told through the distinctive Special Topics ePUB #10003 voice of its heroine Blue van Meer After a childhood moving from one academic outpost to another with her father a man prone to Topics. Donna Tartt wrote a splendid book called The Secret History which both celebrated and skewered hyper intellectualism as well as explored the process of interacting with a text and the pleasures of narrative devices This book follows roughly the same storyline and incidentally the storyline of Daniel Handler's The Basic Eight down to the study uestions at the end except there's absolutely no reason for the precious chapter titles and the annotated references they have no bearing on the story itself and the general effect is talking with someone who's read a lot of books and hasn't understood a damn one of themThe irritating dialogue is reminiscent of chick lit than of anything spoken in real life or in the realm of drama and the narrator is utterly divorced from the grand intellectual she is supposed to be again see The Secret History for an excellent depiction of young scholars No one has any sort of believable emotional reaction to anything because no one has any discernable personality traits Charles Camilla and Frances wander over from Tartt's novel to halfheartedly play roles as Charles Leulah really and Nigel and then get bored and leave after the story inexplicably becomes a murder mystery The only possible killer is so obviously telegraphed from early on that all of Blue's supermarket paperback mystery sleuthing is enragingly tiresome Also there's some sort of limp romantic subplot that I guess we're supposed to care aboutSo where The Secret History is a brilliant story of the delights and dangers of text and narrative and a wrenching depiction of a classical sort of madnesss Special Topics in Calamity Physics is the same book shat out and frosted with irritatingly perky metaphors and the worst dialogue I've seen outside of a Harleuin pulper If you want to read this book and aren't a fan of Donna Tartt just read The Basic Eight which is shorter and entertaining