Thursday, April 26, 2012

Bizarro Fiction Month Day 26: Archelon Ranch

 Ah, bizarro and metafiction: two strange types of stories that get even stranger together.  At least that's the case in Garret Cook's Archelon Ranch, where several characters are aware that they are characters in a Garret Cook story, and spend a lot of time complaining about it. Cook himself even makes an appearance.

It's the story of Bernard, a young man who has been experimented on and has the power of Deep Objectivity, which apparently lets him the minds of other creatures and inanimate objects. It is also the story of Bernard's brother Clyde who is student of Authorial Intent and the Church of Narrativism. Clyde believes that Bernard is the Protagonist, who is destined to move this story along.

This story is strange in a good way. I might even call it kind of trippy. It's also a book that I had a hard time putting down.

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