Friday, September 5, 2008

Willworld page 28

Besides just the imaginative tour de force that is this entire book, what amazes me about Willworld is that every page in it is different from every other page. There are no boring pages, no routine pages: necessary to further the plot but not interesting on their own. Every page of this book has holds your eye in an abstract way, and tells this segment of the story as if it were the only part the reader was going to look at. So every time you turn the page, once again all stops are pulled out.
There are a few novelists who are what I would call "compulsively creative", who put enough wildly unusual scenes and characters into one chapter to fill another writer's whole novel. Dickens was that way. Of contemporary authors, I would name Michael Chabon (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay) and Louis de Bernieres (Corelli's Mandolin) as being compulsively creative.
Seth was that way as well, I think.
On this page Hal's triplane sputters and crashes with a huge "WOOOM!", and he lands with his body denting the rubble as if it, not he, were soft and squishy. The shape of the frame makes this page different from all the others, the plane coming in from the upper left edge ("blukkt, pukka, tisht"), and the rest of the panel indented to form the same shape as the buildings that are shown in it. An odd, but oddly satisfying detail.

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