I wanted to like Reif Larsen so badly. I was captivated by the look of his first book, The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet, by its maps and illustrations, but alas I could not finish it. And visually, Larsen’s website is a dream. Really go check it out. So with the above evidence in hand, I had to give Larsen another go with I Am Radar.
Oh how I wanted to like it. I really gave it the old college try. But for me it was another DNF.
Why? I don’t really know. I should have liked I Am Radar. Dense, multi-layered tale of the confluence of art, war and radio? Yes, that sounds like my thing. Travel all around the world, encountering new cultures and conflict with a smattering of physics? Thank you, I’ll take it. So why didn’t I Am Radar work for me?
Maybe it tread too close to fantasy with its magic realism. My suspension of disbelief is not great, and often magic realism doesn’t work for me.
Maybe it was the slow, plodding way in which it was told.
Maybe it was because i didn’t buy into the relationship between Radar’s parents.
Maybe it was because I gave up too soon. I don’t know.
Who would like this book? In spite of my inability to finish I Am Radar, I really do think that it will appeal a certain set of people out there. Not only that I believe that those who like it will love it. Let me know if you liked it and wrote a review and I will include you here.
I received a copy of this book for review consideration from the publisher.