Review by Niski -- Of Zots and Xoodles

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Review by Niski -- Of Zots and Xoodles

Post by Niski » 03 May 2019, 12:23

[Following is a volunteer review of "Of Zots and Xoodles" by Zarqnon the Embarrassed.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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If you enjoy a story that belongs inside the box, then this one is not for you. This one steps over the line of what is conventional, and then erases the line completely. In Of Zots and Xoodles, the author, Zarquon the Embarrassed, has taken his perspective of the beginning of the universe and put it into the most basic of formats: dots and lines. In his story, Theodil is under scrutiny as he begins the process of universe creation. He painstakingly sets his dots and lines into motion, turning them into what he names Zots and Xoodles. This is his base for all things that will be created. Simple, right? If you still have no idea what I’m talking about, then I think you understand more than I do.

This book was interesting and confusing, thought-provoking and whimsical. I am hoping that by the end of my review, I may have settled on a rating because, as of now, I still have no idea where my mind is!

Let us start with the positives. The book consists of both text and illustrations. The illustrations are there to support the narrative, which, at times, borders on nonsensical. They are doodle-like images that have been simply laid out in order to make sense of what is (in a roundabout way) being described by the author. They made the book enjoyable and broke up the hectic writing.

As far as the negatives are concerned, I’m not sure what I consider sheer brilliance and what I consider complete lunacy. The author interrupts deep scientific musings to contemplate completely arbitrary ones - like being at a turtle-stacking convention. He has also invented a few words such as trimary and Spungic. These words are strewn throughout the book and intermingle with real scientific jargon. It was a bit of a chore to look up so many unknown words and to have most of them mean absolutely nothing.

All of these thoughts aside, this was a quick read at only 35 pages, so it was easy to get through, and then get through again. I picked up a lot of things that I originally missed when reading it a second time around. After weighing the pros and cons, I have come to a rating of 3 out of 4 stars. I don’t think I will ever fully grasp the quirky style of this book, which is why I have decided to deduct a star. I would recommend it to people who enjoy different takes on the creation of the universe, as well as people who enjoy being challenged by outright idiosyncratic notions.

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Post by Bianka Walter » 15 May 2019, 13:54

This is pretty much exactly how I felt after reading this book!
It's very all over the place.

Great review!
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Post by sanjus » 15 May 2019, 14:05

Quite interesting concept in the book with a different perspective of the beginning of the universe. Explaining with basic of formats of dots and lines is intriguing to state that Theodil is under scrutiny as he begins the process of universe creation.
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Post by kdstrack » 15 May 2019, 21:33

This would be too confusing! I appreciate your perseverance and patience. Thanks for your comments on this book.

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Post by Niski » 16 May 2019, 13:36

Bianka Walter wrote:
15 May 2019, 13:54
This is pretty much exactly how I felt after reading this book!
It's very all over the place.

Great review!
All over the place is a good way of describing it!
Thanks so much :)

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Post by Niski » 16 May 2019, 13:36

sanjus wrote:
15 May 2019, 14:05
Quite interesting concept in the book with a different perspective of the beginning of the universe. Explaining with basic of formats of dots and lines is intriguing to state that Theodil is under scrutiny as he begins the process of universe creation.
It was an intriguing book from start to finish!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Post by Niski » 16 May 2019, 13:37

kdstrack wrote:
15 May 2019, 21:33
This would be too confusing! I appreciate your perseverance and patience. Thanks for your comments on this book.
It was confusing. I'm never a big fan of not knowing exactly what's going on. But the confusion was necessary, I think?
Thanks for commenting!

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Post by Uinto » 17 May 2019, 06:07

Quite an interesting review. I hope I will be able to understand the quirky nature of the book. Thanks for your insights.

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Post by Bluebird03 » 18 May 2019, 22:11

Brilliance vs lunacy? Sometimes it's difficult to determine the difference. I think you did an excellent job of wading through the confusion to land on a final rating- and justified it well. Loved your review! :)

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Post by Niski » 22 May 2019, 00:27

Uinto wrote:
17 May 2019, 06:07
Quite an interesting review. I hope I will be able to understand the quirky nature of the book. Thanks for your insights.
I'm still don't think I understood it :) But it got my mind working!
Thanks for stopping by.

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Post by Niski » 22 May 2019, 00:28

Bluebird03 wrote:
18 May 2019, 22:11
Brilliance vs lunacy? Sometimes it's difficult to determine the difference. I think you did an excellent job of wading through the confusion to land on a final rating- and justified it well. Loved your review! :)
Yes, it is a fine line. I think Einstein was a brilliant lunatic...
Thank you so much for your lovely comment, I appreciate it.

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Post by Prisallen » 22 May 2019, 07:17

I think this is a little too quirky and confusing for me. I'm glad you were able to read it and review it. You did a wonderful job!

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Post by Niski » 22 May 2019, 11:45

Prisallen wrote:
22 May 2019, 07:17
I think this is a little too quirky and confusing for me. I'm glad you were able to read it and review it. You did a wonderful job!
Thank you so much! I really appreciate that :)

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Post by Artizi » 22 May 2019, 21:40

I read this book recently and found it delightful. The review was great!
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Post by Niski » 23 May 2019, 02:29

Artizi wrote:
22 May 2019, 21:40
I read this book recently and found it delightful. The review was great!
Thanks so much!
I'll check your review out, too :)

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