A Lite Too Bright by Samuel Miller (480 pages)
Overview: In a contemporary quest story, Arthur Louis Pullman the Third traverses the country, following the clues left behind by his grandfather, five years ago before he finally succumbed to dementia. Though the clues are small and easy to miss, Arthur is determined to find the lost connections and escape from his own crumbling life. Where the Amtrak train leads him, though, is much more than he bargained for. Overall: 4
Characters: 5 If you like unreliable narrator stories, this one is for you. Arthur is plagued by hallucinations of his ex-best friend and girlfriend as the trip starts and he has a hard time distinguishing certain hallucinations from reality. Beyond that, he's a deep thinker and critical even though he sees the world from a relatively sheltered place. The trip helps to expand his world.
Mara is his travel companion he meets on the train. Running from problems of her own, she feels a connection to Arthur. Also, she realizes that he is the descendent of one of her favorite authors. As they travel together on the quest, no one knows who they can really trust.
Plot: 4 This book feels like reading a fantasy in the sense that it follows their classic structure and plot patterns. There's a variety of achievements and setbacks on the way to achieving a murky goal with winnings that aren't quite clear. There were moments when it felt predictable and others where I really enjoyed the action of the story.
Writing: 4 I enjoyed the writing. It made for a book that seemed unaware that it was printed words on a page and more of a rambling epic of life, as you can tell from the page count. It wasn't a book that needed more editing or that I was dying to finish. It was just long. This probably comes from the very literary fiction feel of it and the musings that come from that.
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