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Free ↠ One Rainy Day in May The Familiar #1 By Mark Z. Danielewski – serv3.3pub.co.uk ✪ One Rainy Day in May The Familiar #1 pdf ✩ Author Mark Z. Danielewski – Serv3.3pub.co.uk NATIONAL BEST SELLER  From the author of the international best seller House of Leaves and National Book Award–nominated Only Revolutions comes a monumental new novel as dazzling as it is riveting NATIONAL Day in May The PDF \ BEST SELLER  From the author Day in PDF Ì of the international best seller House of Leaves and National Book Award–nominated Only Revolutions comes a monumental new novel as dazzling as it is riveting The Familiar Volume ranges from Mexico to Southeast Asia from Venice Italy to Venice California with nine lives hanging in the balance each called upon to make a terrifying choice They include a therapist in training grappling with daughters One Rainy Kindle - as demanding as her patients; an ambitious East LA Rainy Day in May The Kindle - gang member contracted for violence; two scientists in Marfa Texas on the run from an organization powerful beyond imagining; plus a recovering addict in Singapore summoned at midnight by a desperate billionaire; and a programmer near Silicon Beach whose game engine might unleash conseuences far exceeding the entertainment he intends At the very heart though is a twelve year old girl named Xanther Rainy Day in PDF/EPUB é who one rainy day in May sets out with her father to get a dog only to end up trying to save a creature as fragile as it is dangerous which will change not only her life and the lives of those she has yet to encounter but this world too—or at least the world we think we know and the future we take for grantedWith full color illustrations throughout .


10 thoughts on “One Rainy Day in May The Familiar #1

  1. karen karen says:

    The story concerns a 12 year old girl who finds a kittenokay danielewski you get one chance to wow me make it count


  2. Elyse Walters Elyse Walters says:

    Not a Kindle read Uniue layout design dazzling riveting emotional It took me a few months to finishA twelve year old girl sets out with her dad to get a dog You ask why it takes 800 plus pages to tell this story?? They have a creature to savetravel the world and save it Awesome journey Unbelievably ambitious


  3. Jim Elkins Jim Elkins says:

    What Does It Mean to be a Rum Writer?Danielewski is a rum novelist He has affinities to experimental conceptual hypertextual metafictional and other avant garde writing but his versions of those practices are awkward He has the same relation to contemporary experimental fiction as Larry Rivers or David Reed had to abstraction and figuration in the 1980s or George Rochberg or Alfred Schnittke had to postmodern music in the same decade that is he produces unmodulated juxtapositions of styles and modes on the assumption that they produce new and expressive effects Danielewski is also similar to Reed in that his books offer popular facsimiles of challenging avant garde practices I think this continuous partial misunderstanding of avant gardes is true both of Danielewski's writing and his graphics I'll say something about both but first a note about what I am not engaging which is what it seems most readers engage the book's wide range of references plots puzzles steganographic and other encrypted clues I'm not interested in novels that present themselves as puzzles It's a lack of interest I share with Naipaul who said something of the sort in an interview when someone asked him if he read murder mysteries I'm also largely uninterested in what is taken as erudition or breadth of reference that sort of thing is always relative After you've read some of what Schmidt Sebald Canetti or Steiner have read then erudition evaporates as a value and becomes what it always is a specific seuence of things an author knows which are arrayed against the many things the author doesn't know Occasionally as in Harry Mathews intellectual puzzles and arcane references can be of interest; but in Danielewski that possibility is suashed for me by the poor writingIf you are interested in Danielewski's intellectual puzzles there are various sources a good review in the Los Angeles Review of Books lareviewofbooksorgreviewthe unfami a forum forumsmarkzdanielewskicomforumthe and a discussion group thefamiliarwordpresscom See also the update at the end of this review1 WritingThe Familiar is a combination of nine narratives the number evokes of the lives of a cat which is also a familiar Various ethnicities nationalities trades and classes are diligently and exhaustively represented using clichés of places characters situations and narratives The writing is plot driven in the way that trade paperbacks commonly are Here is an example from a scene with two policemenLong time Oz Officer Nyra Carlton bristles And smiles Same as when she had her clothes off Always bristling And smiling Still think I'm a bitch?Well some people think I'm an assholeYou're kidding Nyra smiles Who thinks you're not an asshole? p 163This is trade paperback writing Bristles is a cliché It's hackneyed to add And smiling as a separate sentence And the line Same when she had her clothes off is from bad pulp fiction Some readers will want to understand this as broad parody It is intentionally broad but it is not parody because there is no ironic distance the policeman bristling and imagining the woman naked are the sort of mechanisms drive the story forward The narrator approves of his choices he doesn't mock them Even Tom LeClair who has supported Danielewski for many years wasn't entirely convinced by these chapters that don't always manage to defamiliarize New York Times May 22 2015I think Danielewski imagines that clichés of ethnicity and identity are meliorated by the interpolation of Armenian Hebrew Spanish Russian and Chinese characters But graphical details like that merely interrupt pages of problematic narrative The chapters with the character called jingjing for example are awkward in comparison to William Gibson's evocations of mixtures of Chinese and English or even to David Mitchell's An Armenian character is especially awkward because his thoughts are written in abbreviated pidgin English whithout connectives and with singular nouns and present tense verbs but no one thinks in pidgin; that particular character would presumably think in Armenian but speak in pidgin It's excruciating either way Why read chapters with characters like Oz and Nyra Carlton in them when there are writers like Richard Price?The Familiar is related in interesting ways to literary fiction In a section toward the end of One Rainy Day in May we are introduced to one of the Narcons which stands for narrative constructs These are entities possibly coded software like programs who know everything about the characters in the book This particular Narcon knows every detail of every movement and thought of every character at al possible moments of their lives even ones not described in the books This is a sci fi version of the omniscient narrator and the fact that the Narcon talks to us is a sci fi version of postmodern metanarrative But it's awkward and naive because it is not thematized throughout The Familiar only Narcons are aware of the narrative itself the rest is rigorously non self referential and non self aware Given that we're approaching 100 years of experiments with self aware narration this is a radical simplification of a long tradition of modernism and postmodernism A harsher version of some of these ideas can be found in Michael Schaub's Guardian review The Familiar by Mark Z Danielewski review – what the font is going on? 20152 GraphicsDanielewski is known for the visual nature of his books and that is what prompted me to read this In connection with writingwithimagescom But his typography and design are gauche and often poorly thought through Some examples divided because they're separately debatablea Characters are identified by typefaces There is a list at the end of the book which is helpful for learning the books' characters But if you're going to alternate typefaces why choose such common ones? Why represent the book's main character the girl Xanther with Minion? Is it a private joke because she's something of a minion? Why use Garamond Imperial Baskerville and other common faces? It makes a small amount of sense to represent the Chinese character jingjing with a monospace font rotis semi sans because Chinese typefaces include monospace roman for transliterations of non Chinese words but other than that none of the matches make senseb And why print the default fonts so large? One character Özgür is represented by an enormous boldface Baskerville which makes those pages look like they're printed for people who need large print to see The pages scream for no reasonc There are some effective graphic interventions such as a series of double page spreads in which a line about counting raindrops becomes streaks of rain but many that make almost no sense Each chapter begins with a color illustration; the chapter title and an epigraph are superimposed in text boxes with black borders The colors are bright sometimes garish like advertising or cheap science fiction than like serious graphics photographs or illustrations The borders around the text boxes make them look like what they are badly done homemade desktop publishing Many of the images are manipulated using the simplest tools and filters he would have been better advised to let someone else do the work for him In this respect the graphics in The Familiar are like the awkward homemade graphics in William Gass's The Tunnel which he once told me unbelievably were intended to be as hamfisted as the narrator's writingd The upper outside corner of each page is colored with the colors keyed to the characters and chapters Again the colors are garish and seem randomly chosen Danielewski either has no color sense or he is trying to go for maximum visibility Edward Tufte fashione The Astair and Anwar chapters make use of multiple parentheses For exampleAs might be expected with such a ridiculous and arrogant? even wince worthy pursuit uest Fabler had shouted in his office the paper had not come easily p 121But expressive punctuation has been done so much expressively so much inventively so much wildly and sensitively by Arno Schmidt In other chapters the parentheses serve logical purposes for exampleAstair had no doubt though that when Xanther saw the dog might have happened already even now? when she threw those gangly arms around its neck petted it and brushed it and later walked it and watered it and fed it when she named it all Astair's doubts would join that dim p 445Danielewski sometimes arranges his parentheses so he can surprise readers with many parentheses closing at once like this ??But this sort of thing has been done so much excessively and compulsively by Raymond Roussel in New Impressions of Africaf The unintentionally hokey and gauche uality of the graphics extends to the cover design thick laminated with a punch through number one and a diagonal cut flap and even to the endorsements on the half title page they are typeset to run diagonally down the page and into the gutter as if to suggest there are many of them Each is surrounded by a little microscript frame reading praise praise praise But the device of running boxes is uninteresting over familiar and unspecific to the subject it is the rote application of an inappropriate unmotivated graphic deviceUpdate winter 2017I won't conclude this review because there are 26 volumes coming; the fourth has just been released Danielewski's editor's assistant at the AWP Association of Writers and Writing Programs meeting in Los Angeles in 2016 told me 10 volumes are firmly under contract Despite their bulk these are not long novels the editor's assistant said they're about 80000 words each which would make the entire series 2080000 words which would put it just over Jules Romains's Men of Goodwill the novel that tops Wikipedia's list of the world's longest novels I wonder if that could possibly not be intentionalUpdate summer 2018In May Danielewski announced on Facebook that Pantheon canceled the series at 5 volumes He has a very active fan base with several concurrent reading groups including one for The Familiar and a massive Google Drive folder filled with fan generated material So it won't surprise me if there's a reincarnation


  4. Amber Amber says:

    What the fuck was I even reading


  5. Jason Pettus Jason Pettus says:

    Got 200 pages in before I finally gave up Sorry Danielewski Never in my entire life have I seen an author force their fans to wade through so much bullshit just to read a mediocre Young Adult science fiction story Love the ambition but despise the results


  6. Drew Drew says:

    bwaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhI can't believe it'll be 13 years before this is done I can't even imagine how it will go what it will be how any of this connects or worksbut if Danielewski's stated goal was to make the novel compete with modern day serialized television he's doing it He's also doing about eight hundred other things and kind of blowing my mind with each of them I'm all in on this series already and dare I say excited to know that I'll have an installment to look forward to every six or so months from now until I'm pushing 40Oh my god I'll be pushing 40 when this is wrapping up EEPAnd I mean there are plenty of things to call out in this staggeringly ambitious 'debut' some awkward phrasing some chaptersnarrators that seem superfluous or completely incomprehensible but should you turn an overly critical eye upon the book you must remember this is the first of a purported 27 volumes This is at best an introduction Perhaps like in TV shows characters or whole storylines will be cut adrift perhaps we won't even notice Maybe we'll get 8 12 22 volumes in and realize we're being hosed and that the whole thing will never make sense But Danielewski is deploying all of his many talents here showing a love of research a love of storytelling and a pronounced desire to deliver a supremely entertaining literary experience that swallows you whole I will from now until 2028 be picking up these absolutely beautiful volumes as soon as they go onsale and hopefully Strand will keep dropping them a few weeks early because I want to know what happens next If you're willing to take the plunge jump in now Don't wait to binge watch let's do this old schoolMore at RB


  7. Jonfaith Jonfaith says:

    Not sure a second reading improved my measure of the book I will begin the second volume though with a reluctance and misgivings about the MZD's use of voice and his waste of spaceIn other words I am not original I am merely a blend of current texts neither influenced nor influential because all that I reveal can at any point be reconfigured via any of the above mentioned subset voicings The above uote arrives two thirds of the way through the first and likely my last volume of the planned 27 volume series The Familiar The highlighted section reveals the nature of the Narrative Constructs the explanation behind these mysterious statements and explanations which litter the novel form its first pages The existence of the Narcons isn't a spoiler it is barely a plot device Like so much of this it is filler or masturbation It isn't that reader will or won't get it The point remains why? This vagueartylazy situation places the author and reader in a strange predicament There is some gorgeous writing here There are also pages and pages of a single word repeated at different angles why? One explanation is to delineate something via font and image which language can't If that is the rub then stick to filmThere are at least a half dozen plotlines One expects some healthy fleshing in a 22000 page project unless mewl and cry receive the obligatory 9000 pages of distortion and elongation Another aspect of this project which pisses me off is when people speak a foreign language Danielewski employs the native graphemes What kind of shit is that?As I noted above there is some touching narrative about the host family some spectacular passages about the monsoon gripping Southern California and I have to give it three stars despite my internal rumblings and protestations MZD is a Pseud Spread the word


  8. Ian Scuffling Ian Scuffling says:

    I guess it’s funny that I’ve reviewed Volumes 3 and 4 of The Familiar but not 1 and 2 Hell my write up for Vol 3 wound up blurb ed on the back of Vol 4 so I guess that’s something right? So why review Vol 1 now? Out of completionism? Out of some self serving need? Out of deep admiration and appreciation for the affect these books have? Out of boredom? Commitment to the cause? Procrastination at work—can I say I get paid to write reviews if I do them on company time? The answer is probably “yes” to all those uestions or most of them at least but importantly is the fact that The Familiar is a singular literary moment in the making that I am not so sure is getting the attention it deserves so I’ll use my tiny little voice on this remote corner of the internet to profess to you its power Before I speak directly about Vol 1 I’ll mention a bit about the series as a whole I’ve said in later reviews that The Familiar isn’t just a novel in serial but the development of a whole mythology on par with the classics codified in our uniue 21st century world The global scope the webwork of connectivity the implications of science and technology on humanity the greater forces neither bene nor malevolent just volent? that affect our lives The story has a way of swelling like a tide gathering in and water as its crescent rises higher and higher threatening to subsume you but only yet just a threat In that way any single volume cannot convince a readership—perhaps it will be the series’ fatal issue in an age so desperately in need of instant and immediate if only surface gratification—but once a second and especially a third book has been devoured only then does the water pull you under making you as much a part of the tidal crash as the rest of the ocean and the sand and the algae and the fish And so maybe that’s why I didn’t write reviews for Vols 1 2 because while they had enough hooks in my skin it wasn’t until Vol 3 that the tumblers clicked like a key in a lock turning over my mind and kicking off—a probably overly obsessive—love for what Danielewski is up to here Forgive all the mixed metaphors After 4 books I can say with surety The Familiar is his opus and will outshine the accomplishments that House of Leaves made in changing literatureSo Vol 1 Wait before we get there let’s give a background of this reader’s relationship with his writing As a young highschoolian underachiever in the early aughts dedicated to the drumset after class than academics reading writing etc I came upon this dark and mysterious object called House of Leaves I had seen it mentioned on a book recco thread on a local Cincinnati punk message board now dead and defunct RIP Neus Subjex and happened to be in a Borders bookstore later that day Flipping through the thing I was piued and so I doled out my 20 and changed my life I read the book feverishly in my room The book fed nightmares which excited me for some reason It made me feel like I had lost my mind It altered my understanding of what literature is and does and can be and set me on the path of erudite and arcane and bizarre and wonderfully inventive fictions I continue to walk Had I not read House of Leaves at that time I don’t know that I would be a person who reads the Gravity’s Rainbows of the world the Moby Dicks the Absalom Absaloms Hell I don’t know that I would have gone down the lit degree path where I gained my MA much less working as a professional writer had I not picked up that mysterious tome Assertively House of Leaves changed me as a person or at least unlocked a part of me that allowed me to become this person The disappointment is that I’ve not been very engaged in Danielewski’s intermining books— Only Revolutions was a true letdown for me where the form and style didn’t inform the content which was written in a poetic style that didn’t jive with my tastes and The 50 Year Sword is a fun romp though inessential I had been tracking the progress of The Familiar since first hearing about it probably in like 2009? so when it was finally coming out I told myself this is my last shot with MZD He’d delivered such a novel that changed the landscape of novels that I was okay with the rest of his output being not my cup of tea Fortunately I gave him that last shot renewing my trust in his capable mind and writingFinally we’re at One Rainy Day in May—which is set on my birthday not significant but it did tickle me I had high hopes with low expectations going in I mean the thing sounded fucking weird and maybe a little arrogant a 27 volume story about a 12 year old girl and a kitten? And when it came out that each book would be 880 pages I just laughed I shelled out again for MZD’s latest excursion cautiously stepping onto a boat ride that might take 10 years to get off of So I read the damn thing and it was conflicting There was all this genre y stuff YA comically hard boiled noir techno thrillercyberpunk Spatters of a number of foreign languages with a prominent character writing in a weird pidgin blend of English that challenged my faculties as a reader Images rendered in text and also actual images littering the pages overwhelming the senses A few pages that are just computer code indecipherable to the casual reader But at the root it’s a story about an epileptic and seemingly hyper vulnerable to bullies to health to life 12 year old girl who leaves the house with the promise of getting a dog and winds up with a catBait was laid Traps were set Couched in the language of a “remediation of the television series” one had to think of this in terms of a “pilot episode” The gang’s all here and the plots are sorta? setup but it all seems so disconnected and conducive to head spinning There was so much to latch on to but yet not enough to really get a bearing But as a pilot the aesthetics were established and I had to admit that I was sold for episode two Vol 2 expanded on everything great in Vol 1 and from there you can see where it lead me by reading my other reviews in the series Vol 2 will get its due at the end of August when I finish that re read with the FB groupOkay so I’m really writing much of an autobiography here than a review I’m sorry about that Maybe that says something about me Maybe it says something about the books There are plenty of negative to middling reviews on this site and plenty of positive mind you with most of the lower ratings focusing in on not understanding the story immediately would you judge a film a TV show on the first 10 minutes? And what is the fun of immediately and completely grasping a story? or uestioning the typographical and ergodic choices leading one to uestion what the fuck they expected with a book from the master of funny looking pages and often those reviewers rather than uestion the nature of MZD’s choices settled on the easiest of possible answers that they are pointless choices to tell the story—this is wrong and intellectually lazy My favorite is the one where the guy comes up with a purple y misnomer see “rum writer” that imposes a critical lack of engagement with what he’s criticizing in the book I think he just came up with this dumb phrase which is ill defined in his review and a misnomer because the phrase does nothing to inform you what it means on its own and then he tried to write a review around itJust so you know if you’re still reading along I’m really unhappy with how this review is shaping up in contrast to the ones I’ve written for Vols 3 4 I thought I’d have something really great to deliver about this book so here’s thisThis review comes to you as I re read the entire series leading up to the release of Vol 5 dubbed the “season finale” of “season one” And where my first read was confounding and perhaps garnered a little tepid of an immediate response from me though also enticing a second reading with the full grasp of the succeeding 3 books changed my tune on this one It’s still surely the weakest of the series so far but unbeknownst to you who reads it and those of you who’ve made it this far into this banal and boring review MZD has masterfully placed the set pieces across the board—not just characters but motifs meaning themes symbols plot points are all perfectly placed in Vol 1 set for ripening through the rest of the series Re reading reaps rewards revealing crumbs of ideas that don’t come to bear until 2 and 3 books later leaving one to wonder how much else lives in Vols 2 4 that will bear its full fruit down the lineMy advice about The Familiar read two books before you make your final decision on reading further Each one can be read in a week—and who doesn’t like the thought of reading 880 pages in a week?—and each one builds the mythology of MZD’s oeuvre exponentially Find a friend to read it with You’ll find yourself in conversations and speculations that reach well beyond the bounds of the book but all still somehow addressed in the book Because that’s probably one of the most powerful things of all about a book that purports to need twenty seven 880 page volumes within it you will find everythingMy reviews for other books in the series belowVolume 2 Into the ForestVolume 3 Honeysuckle PainVolume 4 Hades


  9. Brandon Forsyth Brandon Forsyth says:

    This book is big This book is ambitious It's challenging and experimental and impressionistic I have nothing against big ambitious challenging books But I really disliked thisMark Z Danielewski is apparently going to publish 27 volumes of this story and once I found that out it really helped to make sense of this book It has the feel of a television pilot struggling to introduce the themes and diverse cast of characters it features while never really getting into the meat of the story In television that might cost you forty minutes; this takes four days minimum I know Danielewski has his hardcore fans I personally have never read House of Leaves but I find it hard to believe that people will be willing to invest this much time and effort into a story that uite frankly has no real hookDanielewski is obviously a talented writer his play with form and the writing itself can be uite impressive but I'm checking out I wish him luck and hope those that stay with the story find the rewards I could not


  10. Wiebke (1book1review) Wiebke (1book1review) says:

    I can't put into words how much I loved this book for what it did to my mind while readingI believe one should go into this book not knowing anything and remember this is just the beginningI will try to put my thoughts into a video if you want to know about the book if you can't go into it blindly or have read it and want to compare ideashttpswwwyoutubecomwatch?vBbOxv


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