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Review: Escher’s Loops by Zoran Živković

Posted in Reviews, and The SF Site

My newest review has been published on the SF Site. This time I report on my attempt to read Zoran Živković’s metafictional novel, Escher’s Loops, and how it relates to some drug trips I have been on:

This book rather effectively simulates some drug trips I have been on, where sensations, experiences and thoughts seem to endlessly loop back around again and again. Unfortunately, just like those drug trips, the experience begins colorfully enough but the experience does not stop when the novelty and entertainment value wear off.

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It was an interesting, but not pleasurable experience. A lot of times media is compared to a drug trip, but this was probably the closest I have come — it just didn’t make for an actually readable book.