Jul 4, 2014: Okay, so this story is a weird one (but I do tend to like and champion the weird).
Insightful Ape is essentially a travel narrative (combined with magical elements) that relates the story of a young ape who is attempting to rid himself of a dangerous demon who has taken possession of him. There are quite a few twists and turns in the plot—some of which can get a little confusing—but ultimately, the story kept me interested enough to want to know what was going to happen next.
For me, the story’s wry humor was its central highlight. Parts of the story were absolutely hilarious. For example, in one of the early chapters, the author uses his vampire character, Vlerd, to poke fun at the current (waning) cultural obsession with vampires with hysterical results. In addition, most of the dialogue, especially in the first third of the story, is extremely clever.
However, I think I was a little overwhelmed by the sheer scope of the story. The author has built this insanely imaginative world with trees that eat people (but not apes apparently), creatures that use their tongues as bridges, and demon gods. On top of that, there are at least three different worlds that this story traverses. As a reader, I had a difficult time keeping up with the author’s imagination. Once you get past the first few chapters, plot points fly fast and furious which didn’t give me a lot of time to process what was happening.
Still, the humor in this story makes it well worth reading, as does the writer’s beautiful writing style. So, if you’re looking to read something a little off the beaten path, this could definitely be the story for you.
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