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Off to an Interesting Start

By BGHilton, author of Trilobite Park

Sep 9, 2017: I was thinking of giving up on this after a couple of chapters, thinking that it was a bit pretentious. Having gone all the way through the eight chapters currently available, I’m glad I didn’t. It is a little pretentious, but it’s in a good cause, an interesting experimental story that’s part biography part time-travel story. At the moment it’s still a little disjointed, but the disparate parts are beginning to come together and I’m intrigued enough to want to keep going.

The narrative mostly focuses on the main character as a high school student in 1977. An experiment he performs creates a mysterious and unsettling ‘Thing’, that has something to do with connections to incidents in his past and future.

I’m a few years younger than the protagonist of the story, but close enough in age to enjoy some of the nostalgia. I find the experiences that the character relates entertaining, but I don’t yet have a very strong sense of who the character is as a person. I suspect that this is partly deliberate—the character’s first name is the same as the author’s, leading to the question of how much of this is autobiographical. That’s one of the questions that’s tempting me to stay with the story.

The writing is clean and fairly minimalist, which I quite like. I do have an issue with the large number of short paragraphs and even one word paragraphs. Writing like this works fine in a printed book, but on a phone it becomes a bit of a chore to scroll through it all.

As I say, Mulberries is only eight parts in, and at this point I’m not 100% sure if I like it or not. The star rating I gave it is extremely tentative. What I do know is that I’m going to stick around and find out. There’s something haunting about it, and I’d really like to see where it’s going. And if you’re looking for something a little different and a little cerebral, I recommend giving it a go.

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