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  1. Palimpsest
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  2. Palimpsest

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Specifications

Country
USA
Author
Catherynne Valente
Binding
Kindle Edition
Edition
Original
EISBN
9780553906295
Format
Kindle eBook
IsAdultProduct
Label
Spectra
Manufacturer
Spectra
NumberOfPages
386
PublicationDate
2009-02-17
Publisher
Spectra
ReleaseDate
2009-02-24
Studio
Spectra
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Palimpsest by Catherynne M. Valente tells the story of four lost and lonely travelers as they journey to a strange and beautiful city, a city that exists beyond the veil of dreams. Imagine a place of surreal delights, of bizarre masquerade balls and holy churches in which odd creatures worship in utter silence. This is Palimpsest, a city that is neither dream nor reality for those who stumble into its borders. Of course, to visit isn't enough, never enough. Visitors long for residency, they desire to make Palimpsest their reality. Such desires, however, come at a cost.

For reasons we don't early know, people exist in our world who bear marks on their skin, black tattoos that appear to be pieces of an otherworldly map. These people are gateways to Palimpsest, to enter involves sex and the heavy sleep after orgasm. Those who sleep after climax in our world wake to wander the streets of Palimpsest, the part of the map on their partner's body, except in the case of first time... Read more
palimpsest
ˈpaləm(p)ˌsest/
noun
a manuscript or piece of writing material on which the original writing has been effaced to make room for later writing but of which traces remain.
something reused or altered but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form.

Magnificent read! Almost dream-like as you go through the encounters and adventures of the four individuals in this tale.

A key maker, beekeeper, train fanatic, and a bookbinder: all wanting a new life. It begins with the factory and the creator responsible for the city of Palimpsest's vermin (and other things.) Yes. Cockroaches have never been so pretty. Rats and squirrels; all pressed like tinker parts of a robotics industry. It then would shift the story to our four main characters: two women and two men. Each have their own miserable lives and wish for more, which is how they find the city. Finding someone with a piece of the map and spending one sensual night with... Read more
Have you ever eaten Vosges Chocolates? (if not, I recommend you do so!) You read the bar description, and it's like... "mushroom....chocolate?" It's weird. And it's so intense and unique and you can only eat so much at a time. You really only want like, a truffle, or a square.

Cat Valente's Palimpsest is a little like that.

"To touch a person...to sleep with a person...is to become a pioneer," she whispered then, "a frontiersman at the edge of their private world, the strange, incomprehensible world of their interior, filled with customs you could never imitate, a language, which sounds like your own but it is really totally foreign, knowable only to them. I have been so many times to countries like that. I have learned how to make coffee in all their ways, how to share food, how to comfort, how to dance in the native ways."

You can't read paragraphs like that all in a gulp. They require a little cogitating.

What Valente excels at in this... Read more
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