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Jun 05, 2021LinChi rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Finished June 3 2021 Really good! Usually I don't like fantasy books very much but this one was written beautifully and keeps you guessing at what's happening. The world is so whimsical and sadly beautiful to think about - being one of two…
Jun 04, 2021eswahl rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
A wonderful fable of other worlds. Just beautiful.
May 28, 2021Schlermie rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
I'm not sure if I just finished reading a novel or woke from a fever dream after eating a bad pizza*. Piranesi is that bizarre and brilliant. This might be the strangest book I've ever read, and sadly, it came to an end much too quickly.…
May 17, 2021kenzlynn27 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. I'm not very into high fantasy, which is what I thought this was from the first 15 pages or so, but then as it became more based in reality I was more engrossed in the story. LOVE how short it…
Apr 24, 2021styellow rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
A story well told, beautifully written, sad and heartwarming all at once. The story asks the question of what happened to the magic that once was in the world. The story is told from the view point of someone who does not seem to…
Apr 15, 2021lyderz rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
For some reason I wasn’t expecting to like this book very much but I ended up loving it. I won’t say much because I think you should go into it as clueless as possible but here are a few vague reasons why I enjoyed it: it was intriguing…
Apr 13, 2021ReadingAdviser_Dylan rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
A completely unique and engrossing puzzlebox of a novel. The beginning of this book is pretty disorienting but as some of the pieces start to fit it becomes impossible to put down. I don't think I've ever read anything quite like this…
Mar 25, 2021JLMason rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Piranesi harkens back to a time when humans were connected to the landscape and vigilant of the forces of nature. It creates a sense of "other worldliness", wonder, and reverence. This way-of-being has been lost in our modern world, but…
Mar 01, 2021PrairieSouls rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
A Masterpiece. A little Jewel of a Novel. Clarke has created a strange and alluring world where battles strength of will and cleverness and cruelty. Truly imaginative story.
Feb 15, 2021llewol rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
This was a terrific book! I loved the fact that, for me, it was completely original. I've never read anything quite like it. It has a bit of a David Mitchell quality in terms of the inventiveness and the creation of a world unlike our…
Feb 11, 2021PimaLib_ChristineR rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
I have heard somewhere that the beginning of a novel is the most difficult for readers because they are dropped into something completely new, and that was certainly the case with Piranesi where the first person narrator describes his…
Jan 06, 2021krsbozo rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
A remarkable story in a fantastic world. I loved the main character, Piranesi, and enjoyed all the time I spent with him in his world. I also liked how the story was revealed through his thorough review of his own journals, and his…
Jan 02, 2021AlteredStaite rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
Because I always give author's more than one chance, I took this out of the library almost immediately after finishing "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell" (which I really didn't like). I loved this one. Short and sweet and not outrageously…
Jan 01, 2021Belfire206 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Like the labyrinth of a house that is Piranesi's private world, this story has many levels and fog-shrouded conceptions. It's the most unusual, metaphysical but also approachable and readable work I've encountered in a long time. The name…
Dec 28, 2020forbesrachel rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
The House is infinite. Each Hall and Vestibule is filled with statues. Clouds reside in the upper level, an ocean undulates in the lower one, and in the middle lives the book's protagonist, named Piranesi by the Other. Piranesi navigates…
Dec 28, 2020rixonkj rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
This is a book about transformation, about belonging, about tides--about ideas that iterate and echo and reform, transformed, and about people who do that, too. I really loved it.
Oct 23, 2020vecteevs rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
I don't want to praise it too highly, for then the next reader wiil be disappointed, but i couldn't put it down. It is both real and surreal. Any summary of the plot wiil not be fair to the evocative descriptions and plot revelations.
Sep 15, 2020brangwinn rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
When I fail to be as enthralled by a book, as other reviewers, I often wonder why. I think in this case it is because I am not really an erudite reader. In reading the reviews I came across the description of “academic thriller” and that…
Sep 11, 2020becker rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
This is one of the most cinematic books I have ever read. It is a feat of imagination. Be prepared to expand your mind a little before you start this. It challenges perceptions of reality and identity. It's going to take you to another…