38 thoughts on “The Seventh Perfection by Daniel Polansky

  1. Thanks for another great review, Lashaan. I recently picked up the ebook version of this one after reading some good things about it. I was curious about the interesting structure and whether it would work for me. It sounds like it did for you, or if nothing else didn’t detract too much. Not sure when I’ll start it but I do look forward to trying it myself.

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  2. Oooh, you’ve got a physical copy! Lucky you, Lashaan! 😀
    Lovely review as always. I’m very happy you enjoyed this little gem. Though, surprisingly, it seems I enjoyed it more! 😀

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    1. Yes! 😀 I requested it just before seeing your thoughts on it and was overly enthused that you adored it so much! I think your overall knowledge of history/war/politics helped you appreciate the underlying themes more than me. I could see myself enjoying this one more upon a reread in the future, for example! 😉 Thanks for reading, Ola! 😀

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      1. Yeah, I can see that I might have overhyped it for you 😀 Well, I lavish praise where I think it’s due, and I heap scorn where I think it’s needed… Like the Longfellow’s girl,
        “When she was good,
        She was very good indeed,
        But when she was bad she was horrid.”
        🤣🤣🤣

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  3. Well…call me intrigued! This really sounds like one heck of an interesting read! I like the structure of his: and it also sounds at the same time like a very cool kind of, for lack of a better word, puzzle game. Can’t say that I have ever heard of a book that has this kind of set up. As always, this was yet another great review Lashaan! Really nifty sounding book!😀

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  4. Ah, well, this sounds like a challenging book, and I always like a challenge! So far I’ve read only a couple of short stories by Polansky, and greatly enjoyed them, so this might be the perfect place to sample some of his longer works: what most intrigues me is the fact that this story seems to enjoy several levels of approach, promising to be more than the sum of its parts.
    Thank you so much for a very intriguing review! 🙂

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    1. Definitely a lot of levels of approach. I doubt everyone will have a similar experience with it. The absence of a protagonist’s voice really makes for an engaging and unique reading experience. Hope you get the chance to try it out in the near future! Thank you for reading, Maddalena! 😀

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  5. “each chapter is a different individual interacting with you” <— now this got my attention! And the premise is really intriguing! I also like that it gives the reader the opportunity to be part of the protagonist's journey. Glad you enjoyed this! A well-balanced review, my friend!

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