What I Liked About Imperial Bedrooms, Even Though I Have To Say I’m Disappointed Because It Was No Lunar Park
October 5, 2010 § 3 Comments
Things I liked about Imperial Bedrooms
- The beginning.
- Raymond Chandler. At many points the plot and the atmosphere makes me think of The Big Sleep, which is a very good thing.
- That “Clay”, the narrating “I” in Imperial Bedrooms and its predecessor Less Than Zero, isn’t the same Clay since Clay in LTZ was narrated by someone who is here referred to as “the writer”, while this narrator claims to be the real Clay.
- The way that the text messages effectively is used as a plot device, especially the text messages from Clay’s mystery stalker. There’s something innocently playful yet sinister about them. Hey gringo, you can’t hide ;)
- YouTube is woven into the plot, and Imdb as well, and it works well here too. Maybe the intermingling of familiar and ordinary things with the extra-ordinary and dreadful is what makes some of the scenes in the book extremely creepy, because it makes it so easy to imagine them.
- The Blue Jeep and the Black Mercedes – which again reminds me of Chandler.
- The dreams about the boy with the dragon tattoo, who lived in room 1508.
- Something about the story that isn’t revealed until closer to the end of the book (although you can sense it coming).
- The last page.