Friday, September 24, 2010

The Magus, Pt. 2- Holy 180, batman!

So remember how much I hated this book? Yeah, not anymore.

The relationship between Nicholas (main character) and Conchis (the old man on the island) has gotten INSANE! Conchis has set up an elaborate psychological scheme that Nicholas has to work through, developing an elaborate plot to ensnare the guy and force him to work his way out. There are lies piled on top of lies on top of lies, and at this point I have no idea how far the pile goes, and thats why I can't stop reading. The whole thing reminds me of that movie "The Game," except with Greek gods and hypnotism, and NAZIS! YEAH! THEY SHOWED UP!

The question I have is: whats going to happen with the themes that have been present up to this point? Too often I see works like this that develop this crazy twist ending throughout an entire work and then forget that a book has to actually say something for it to be worthwhile. A bunch of cool plot twists does not make a book good, it just makes it kind of cool. I'm fine reading something that is intriguing, but I would much rather read a book that is really good.

I can see where the themes are going, especially the idea of a fluid reality. With Nicholas desperately holding on to this strictly scientific idea of reality, the his notion is shattered in the end could be extremely gratifying. I also the war themes that are starting to appear becoming really cool, but I haven't quite grasped the progression yet. Too much has rested on the plot up to this point, and hopefully they can kick that in a bit once the ball gets rolling.

Also, I just lost the game.

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