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Briarpatch Darrin s life has been going downhill ever since his girlfriend Bridget walked out on him without a word of explanation six months ago Soon after losing her he lost his job and his car and eventual

  • Title: Briarpatch
  • Author: Tim Pratt
  • ISBN: 9781926851440
  • Page: 110
  • Format: Paperback
  • Briarpatch By Tim Pratt, Darrin s life has been going downhill ever since his girlfriend Bridget walked out on him without a word of explanation six months ago.Soon after losing her, he lost his job, and his car, and eventually his enthusiasm for life He can t imagine things getting worse until he sees Bridget again, for the first time since she walked out, just moments before she leaps to herDarrin s life has been going downhill ever since his girlfriend Bridget walked out on him without a word of explanation six months ago.Soon after losing her, he lost his job, and his car, and eventually his enthusiasm for life He can t imagine things getting worse until he sees Bridget again, for the first time since she walked out, just moments before she leaps to her death from a bridge In his quest to find out why Bridget took her own life, he encounters a depressive and possibly immortal cult leader a man with a car that can drive out of this world and into others a beautiful psychotic with a chrome shotgun and a bridge that, maybe, leads to heaven Darrin s journey leads him into a place called the Briarpatch, which is either the crawlspace of the universe, or a series of ambitious building projects abandoned by god, or a tangle of alternative universes, depending on who you ask Somewhere in that disorderly snarl of worlds, he hopes to find Bridget again or at least a reason to live without her.

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    1. I keep taking a chance on all these low profile, high concept genre books and I keep coming away disappointed Shelve this one next to 14 and The World House in the trilogy of books about weird parallel dimensions intersecting with our world, populated by character s whose blandness is matched only by their unlikeability Populating the books I mean Not the parallel dimensions Which are populated nothing as interesting as the jacket copy might lead you to believe.

    2. longer review on mentatjack, but this is the meat The titular briar patch offers us views of very unlikely worlds Time and presumably other aspects of physics behave differently Mermaids and Giants and vampires and that would become central to a run of the mill novel become part of the scenery This meta world next door to ours is introduced as a convenient, if dangerous and somewhat eccentric, method for avoiding rush hour traffic It s than that and the scenery makes a point of not staying fl [...]

    3. Oh, hell, Arturo said softly This is all new to you I thought you were, you know, a seasoned traveller, that you just stumbled onto the wrong path But, what, today, this is your first time in the briarpatch The briarpatch, Darrin repeated You said that before Arturo nodded It s what some people call, ah, the place, or the whole combination of places, the paths and roads and bridges some people can reach from this world I dunno what it really is I ve heard some people say it s God s maintenance t [...]

    4. The concept of the briarpatch is an interesting one A parallel world, or series of parallel worlds, that contain the improbable and implausible, tenuously holding to an existence that few can see unaided Pratt takes the alternate world concept and runs with it in a direction that I don t see done that often It s noteworthy that he not only did this in a way that is believable, following its own rules and reasons, but also in such a way that still even the experts on the briarpatch don t really k [...]

    5. Tim Pratt desarrolla en esta novela uno de sus temas centrales habituales, la muerte y la p rdida El autor rescata ideas y argumentos propios de la fantas a cl sica y los cuentos de hadas y los revitaliza con mucho oficio.Asistimos con fascinaci n a las historias entrecruzadas de varios personajes entre los que destaca Darrin que, tras perder a su novia Bridget, entra en una espiral descendente que le lleva a un estado de desesperaci n e ira E Ismael, que busca de una ruta a un mundo mejor, posi [...]

    6. I recieved this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review The Briarpatch is a network of worlds parallel to our own It is a glimpse of an alleyway out of the corner of your eye that is gone when you turn to look at it It is the sight of a moonlight colored bridge floating in the sky It is a pack of wild bears running around that once were people It is beautiful It is harrowing It is the Briarpatch And for the handful of characters in this story, it s something that will change their l [...]

    7. Pratt creates a fascinating world just behind our own, then populates it with profoundly damaged characters with contradictory agendas and lets them collide with one another until they re destroyed A fascinating, compelling read, highly recommended.

    8. The best thing about Tim s books is that you can reliably expect a satisfying level of weirdness This one is no exception A good read.

    9. Review originally posted on christinavasilevskiDarrin s life has taken an awful turn Within the space of one month, he lost his job, his car, and his girlfriend, Bridget, who walked out of his life with no explanation Six months later while wandering aimlessly around San Francisco, he encounters Bridget for the first time since she left him only to see her jump to her death off the Golden Gate bridge.In his search to find out why Bridget killed herself, he gets caught up in the web of connection [...]

    10. Briarpatch is about Darrin, who witnesses his girlfriend jumping off a bridge months after she left him with no explanation He knows she left him for a mysterious man named Ismael Plenty Unconvinced that his girlfriend would kill herself, he uncovers a bizarre consipiracy, engineered by Ismael Plenty, and centering around himself.Darrin and Ismael are Briarpatch babies, though Darrin is unaware of this Of uncertain origin, the Briarpatch babies have the ability to step into a series of interconn [...]

    11. I wanted to love this book The premise sounded super exciting, the characters seemed interesting and this book seemed really different and unique for the genre.Onto the bad news character development sucked I wanted to be done with most of the main characters, and even the protagonists were only of mild interest could take em or leave em In what was such a promising premise, the one dimensionality was such a letdown that the entire story really suffered Pratt has definitely set this us to be a s [...]

    12. I read this book on Audible The narrator was Dave Thompson, a voice I enjoy from the Escape Artists trio of podcasts I ve enjoyed many narrated Tim Pratt short stories this may have been my first Tim Pratt book.I liked this book well enough, but I m not gaga about it It built up slowly, but once I started to see how the characters would intersect, I got excited to see how it would turn out I think I struggled to like this book because I found most of the characters either unlikeable or uncompell [...]

    13. So this guy Darrin has a string of really bad luck His girlfriend Bridget leaves him, he loses his job, and then his car To top it off, he s heading out to lunch one day and sees his old girlfriend just as she leaps off the Golden Gate bridge head first and kills herself Next Darrin starts seeing things Alleys and paths that aren t supposed to be there This place is called the Briarpatch, and with the help of Arturo, a strange guy with a strange car, Darrin is beginning to find connections betwe [...]

    14. Escrita como un cuento largo m s que como una novela, Briarpatch es fantas a urbana de la que bien sabe hacer Tim Pratt Con conceptos que me recuerdan a La Ciudad y La Ciudad de Mi ville y a varios cuentos que ya hab a le do de Pratt, lo que no le falta a la obra es sentido de la maravilla.Lo que s le falta es un elenco de personajes un tanto m s cre ble y menos unidimensional.A n as , es entretenida, lighthearted y se lee del tir n.Un buen filler entre lecturas m s sesudas.

    15. Briarpatch is weird and grotesque and cerebral, but not in any of the ways you re thinking right now I m not certain what else to say about it, honestly, except that everyone gets what they deserve in highly satisfying manners, and the Alice in Wonderland girl inside me wants to see of the Briarpatch.Also, there are bears.

    16. I really wish this book was written as well as the last 1 4 of it, because it might have been a 5 It s nice, fun, not too dense or anything, but I just didn t really care about the story until the end, so it was kind of hard to stick with But over all, i did enjoy it It has some really fantastic elements to it, and I like the characters.

    17. If you like Charles Delint, you ll like Briarpatch Pratt takes his readers into other worlds along with his characters Darrin sees his ex girlfriend jump off the Golden Gate Bridge, and sets out to discover why In the process, he learns about himself and not only the world most people inhabit, but also the various other plausible worlds that exist in, next to, and near our own.

    18. Fascinating read There was one character in particular that I just hated, thinking she was one dimensional and unrealistic, but she stayed with me long after reading the book, so I guess in a way that makes her interesting than I initially gave her credit for being Anyway, the concept of the book is fascinating, and Pratt is a wonderful writer.

    19. Pretty much everything I love about Tim Pratt s stories and well told stories in general all packaged up in this book If you re familiar with some of his short fiction, you ll see a synthesis of various themes and concerns that have shown in his earlier work.Highly highly recommend if you re a fan of weird, liminal, urban fantasy.

    20. My favourite part of this book were the themes surrounding the protagonist s girlfriend and the antagonist their quest for meaning to their lives gave me interesting food for thought As a whole I really enjoyed everything this book had to offer.

    21. Darrin s life s been going downhill since his girlfriend Bridget left him for no reason Six month later, he sees her again right as she jumps to her death off a bridge Trying to make sense of this tragedy, Darrin begins to discover there s gong on not just in his life, but in his relationship and the whole world There are pathways people can learn to see that lead to other world, fantastic, improbable, and occasionally dangerous Some people call it the Briarpatch And what happened to Bridget is [...]

    22. A totally gripping urban fantasy by one of the best fantasy sci fi writers of the 21st century.This story had me up all night wondering if the hero would ever find out the truth about his dead ex girlfriend The mystery surrounding just what the Briarpatch is was so compelling it had me double checking every dark shadow you see from the corner of your eye in the small hours of the morning.If you like this story then I recommend that you read Tim Pratt s The Nex Although not connected in any way, [...]

    23. I m disappointed to say this, as Ranger Girl and The Nex are some of my favorite books, but this scores a big fat three star meh For some reason the characters, plot and world completely failed to grab me it s not a bad book, just oddly unmemorable I m pretty much reduced to reviewing it from a social justice perspective it gains points for a respectful, consensual sex scene, loses them for a slightly problematic depiction of mental illness, and I m rather bemused to find that s all I have to sa [...]

    24. I really need to learn this lesson No matter how well written a novel is, if it s magical realism or like about the present about feelings or whatever, I m not going to like it much.After REALLY enjoying Pratt s Forgotten Realms book Venom in Her Veins, I decided to give something else of his a try This is REALLY well written, and it s REALLY fun, and it moves quickly, and OH DEAR GOD DO I NOT CARE If you like Clive Barker s Weaveworld or Stephen King s The Talisman both of which I loved when I [...]

    25. Briarpatch by Tim Pratt is a dark, very moody tale When the story starts with a suicide the reader quickly learns what they are in for Pratt, however, breaks away from the pack and proves that he can weave a unique and extremely engaging story Like most Chizine books, this one is full of concepts and ideas that takes normal storytelling, throws it out the window, and replaces it with a type of world that even the most experienced reader has yet to explore.Briarpatch review at SFReader

    26. The editing of this book is completely atrocious there are even a few error marks where punctuation should be and some sections feel way too abbreviated and rushed, but the story itself is fantastic If you can stand to press on through the errors, I would tell you that it s worth it It is some really subtle and gorgeous sci fi fun, and I loved every single second of the worldbuilding It also includes my favorite car in all of literature.

    27. I ve always enjoyed stories that feature an alternate world that interconnects and overlays with our own, and about the characters who know how to access this world This story features a nice, small set of characters and what is really a pretty simple plot But it also offers a glimpse into a much larger world that I found fascinating I m going to look into this author s other works, as I hope he s written books set in this place.

    28. Tim Pratt is like Neil Gaiman s less British little brother Some key words for this book shotgun, manipulation, bears, world between worlds, Wendigo, young adults, hummus One of my favorite parts, when whatshisname regains in a way his sense of taste and smell and starts enjoying food again Just a nice detail to pay attention to I leave off the fifth star because I think it could have had heft to it, richness But otherwise, I quite enjoyed it.

    29. An interesting read I had literally no idea what the book was about when I picked it up for some reason I had this preconception that it was post apocalyptic I have no idea , but it turned out to be a sort of neat modern fantasy about parallel worlds universes thematrix.Some good characterisation and some neat concepts, not bad for a quick read.

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