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The Familiar, Volume 2: Into the Forest
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NATIONAL BEST SELLER From the author of the international best seller House of Leaves and National Book Award–nominated Only Revolutions comes a monumental new novel as dazzling as it is riveting. The Familiar (Volume 1) ranges from Mexico to Southeast Asia, from Venice, Italy, to Venice, California, with nine lives hanging in the balance, each called upon to make a terrifying choice. They include a therapist-in-training grappling with daughters as demanding as her patients; an ambitious East L.A. gang member contracted for violence; two scientists in Marfa, Texas, on the run from an organization powerful beyond imagining; plus a recovering addict in Singapore summoned at midnight by a desperate billionaire; and a programmer near Silicon Beach whose game engine might unleash consequences far exceeding the entertainment he intends. At the very heart, though, is a twelve-year-old girl named Xanther who one rainy day in May sets out with her father to get a dog, only to end up trying to save a creature as fragile as it is dangerous . . . which will change not only her life and the lives of those she has yet to encounter, but this world, too—or at least the world we think we know and the future we take for granted.(With full-color illustrations throughout.) Like the print edition, this eBook contains a complex image-based layout. It is most readable on e-reading devices with larger screen sizes.

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Mark Z. Danielewski. (2015). The Familiar, Volume 2: Into the Forest. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.

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NATIONAL BEST SELLER
From the author of the international best seller House of Leaves and National Book Award–nominated Only Revolutions comes a monumental new novel as dazzling as it is riveting. The Familiar (Volume 1) ranges from Mexico to Southeast Asia, from Venice, Italy, to Venice, California, with nine lives hanging in the balance, each called upon to make a terrifying choice. They include a therapist-in-training grappling with daughters as demanding as her patients; an ambitious East L.A. gang member contracted for violence; two scientists in Marfa, Texas, on the run from an organization powerful beyond imagining; plus a recovering addict in Singapore summoned at midnight by a desperate billionaire; and a programmer near Silicon Beach whose game engine might unleash consequences far exceeding the entertainment he intends. At the very heart, though, is a twelve-year-old girl named Xanther who one rainy day in May sets out with her father to get a dog, only to end up trying to save a creature as fragile as it is dangerous . . . which will change not only her life and the lives of those she has yet to encounter, but this world, too—or at least the world we think we know and the future we take for granted.
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      • source: Jason Sheehan, NPR Books
      • content: "Now we have Volume 2 (Chapter 2, really) and it is somehow, remarkably, amazingly, almost impossibly better. . . . I have never worried so much for a character as I did for [Xanther] in the final pages and, honest to God, I'm not even entirely sure what happened. Or to whom. Or how. But maybe Volume 3 will make it clear. Only six more months to wait. That ought to be just about enough time to recover, I figure, before The Familiar crawls into my lap and blows my mind all over again."
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      • source: Ryan Vlastelica, The A.V. Club
      • content: "The series at times recalls Ulysses, Infinite Jest, and Cloud Atlas in its complexity, structure, and echoing parallel narratives . . . The literary world is stronger for having boundary pushers like Danielewski."
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      • source: Library Journal (starred review)
      • content: "Volume 2 reads like a graphic novel with very few pictures, though the images are critical. The wide array of plotlines create disparate parts that are slowly converging, encoded as a codex, the decoding of which--what we loosely call reading--renders an open-ended experience. Highly recommended for the intrepid reader."
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      • source: Steven Moore, The Washington Post
      • content: "One of the most gifted and versatile writers of our time."
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      • source: Kim O'Connor, Slate
      • content: "His use of evocative typography--words that visually reinforce their meaning on the page--leaves readers dazzled."
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      • source: Dylan Foley, Chicago Tribune
      • content: "You hold on for dear life by your fingertips, but the exertion is worth it when you finally get to the top and see the panorama of Danielewski's literary universe."
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        August 15, 2015
        A young girl quests for a cat. And no, it's not Alice in Wonderland. What is Danielewski's (The Fifty Year Sword, 2012, etc.) latest about? Might as well ask what the Coriolis effect is about: the world spins, and air blows, and that's the way it is, much as this oversized, overstuffed book spins and-well, furthers the story begun last spring with One Rainy Day in May. Pre-adolescent Xanther is brainy, confused, and petulant: "Mom, like I hate the supermarket?" "You do?" "Oh, uhm, I love hanging around stuff I can't have?" Xanther, whose favorite typographic symbol is an often sarcastic but sometimes genuinely puzzled question mark, is also cat-crazy, and ailurophiliac moments abound. Cats and their kin are just some of the animals that pass through these pages. So do many human types, from LA gangsters to Asian yuppies to Turkish cops to homegrown geeks. Miley Cyrus, too, one of many figures and tropes from pop culture to turn up. Match a herky-jerky narrative and multiple protagonists with nested-parenthetical stream-of-consciousness to do Joyce proud, and you're in tall postmodern cotton, and with literary and subliterary allusions to match, tucked away among the tangled storylines: "A single piece of paper inside, with a fiery orange paperclip holding nothing together, makes it clear Warlock is no Connelly or Nesbo." All fine and well, though there's some iffy syntax ("Xanther's scream calls to life the house") and some odd attempts at Chinglish and other dialects ("at entrance jingjing see he the damn pah chiao one"). But no worries, if you can make out clauses such as this: "sleeps the little one [like a little cloud {a blind little lamb>>}]." Readers with an interest in the latest in literary experimentalism will thrill at Danielewski's approach and clamor for the 25 volumes planned to follow in the Familiar series. Others, not so much.

        COPYRIGHT(2015) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        Starred review from September 15, 2015

        Danielewski deepens the interconnected plotlines he introduced in the first volume of this work, One Rainy Day in May, and continues the creative use of typographical format. The innovative employment of whimsical //punctuation (((is used))) to great effect, drawing on the frontier between computer code and {[written language]}. Words and phrases in other languages and scripts, including Spanish, Mandarin, and Arabic, add to the overall effect. Volume 2 further develops the general paranormal spookiness alluded to in Volume 1. Xanther, the epileptic ten-year-old, remains central and the perspectives of her stepfather, a 54-year-old software developer, and her mother, a doctoral student in psychology, loom large. Other subplots--of cruel Mexican drug lords, L.A. street thugs, and "c," the Orb that sees the future--leaven the domestic drama. Oddly enough, it all seems to be converging around a cat: the familiar? VERDICT This novel reads like a graphic novel with very few pictures, though the images are critical. The wide array of plotlines create disparate parts that are slowly converging, encoded as a codex, the decoding of which--what we loosely call reading--renders an open-ended experience. Highly recommended for the intrepid reader.--Henry Bankhead, Los Gatos Lib., CA

        Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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