Recursion: If I Could Save Time In a Bottle



Never having read anything from Blake Crouch before, I had no idea what to expect when I started Recursion back in August. I definitely wasn't expecting...that.

Recursion is a pretty wild one. The book is told from the point of view of two characters: Barry Sutton and Helen Smith, two completely unrelated people, or so it seems. Barry is a NYC police detective and the first on the scene of a potential jumper. The woman he finds on the edge of a building tells him she suddenly remembered living a whole other life. In this life she had a husband and a son, a life totally different than the one she is actually living. She's not the first to experience this new phenomenon called False Memory Syndrome. However, this is Barry's first encounter with the strange ailment. Something about the woman's story piques his interest and sends him down a bizarre rabbit hole.

A decade earlier, Helen is a struggling researcher looking for a cure for Alzheimer's. She's trying to get funding for the building of her Memory Chair, an invention she hopes will help patients hold on to their remaining memories. Unexpectedly, she receives a dream offer from a generous donor. The only catch is that she must build it on an abandoned oil platform in the middle of the ocean. What could go wrong!

When I started reading Recursion, within the first few chapters I thought, Ok, this is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, which is fine. I could have read that book, no big deal.



But.. then it was something else, and then... SOMETHING ELSE. It was totally bonkers. I can't even tell you where this plot goes. Just go with it. It did get grimly repetitive near the end and I so wanted that to end sooner than it did. But don't give up, it does wrap up and we get a somewhat happy ending.

Here's the thing though. After I finished it, I ended up lying in bed at night trying to work out the events in this book. There were some things that just didn't add up. At least in my mind. Maybe they all make perfect sense to Crouch, but who knows because it gets pretty weird.

Don't try to figure it out

About the Audio
: Recursion is narrated by |Jon Lindstrom and Abby Craden. Linstrom is not new to me. He also read Ghostland which I reviewed. 
Thank you to Random House Audio for the review copy via Volumes. All opinions are my own.

A Blogging Tradition: RIP XIV



The only way to get me to log into my blog again is RIP.

It's hard to believe Readers Imbibing Peril is 14 years old! It's a surly teenager now. Wow. Anyway, if you don't know what it is by now, here's a summary.

The purpose of the R.I.P. Challenge is to enjoy books that could be classified as:
Mystery.
Suspense.
Thriller.
Dark Fantasy.
Gothic.
Horror.
Supernatural.
The emphasis is never on the word challenge, instead it is about coming together as a community and embracing the autumnal mood, whether the weather is cooperative where you live or not.
I will be doing Peril the Third, which is reading one book.  Hopefully, I will read more but that's all I can promise right now.

Here is a list I've compiled of possible reads.



These are my spooky picks for this year. I've seen some of the other participants' lists and I feel a little jealous that they get to read some of my favorite books for the first time. They are so lucky!

Happy Spooky Reading Everyone!