mordicai caeli (mordicai) wrote,
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The Goddess Barbie.

There Are Doors by Gene Wolfe.

This is a book about Barbie. Don't be tricked by anything else, not the deteriorating sanity of the narrator, or the stepping between dimensions. It isn't about the Barbie doll; or not entirely anyway. It is about Barbie as the Goddess, Barbie who is Skipper & Midge & a movie star, & the receptionist at the mental hospital, & lives in the Overwo(rld)od. & the protagonist is a man in love with her, Billy Green-- he loves the Goddess so he chases her across worlds, lost & confused. Or he is a very sick man who is dangerously obsessed with a receptionist & thinks the doll in his pocket talks to him. Or both at the same time. If only Billy North, one of Nixon's loyal men, who is out to overthrow the black widow matriarchy of the Other Place, doesn't interfere with the narrator, maybe he'll get to the bottom of things! The Other Place ("There") is sort of a mash-up of earlier times; maybe even the same place that An Evil Guest is set. The cover is done by the same guy who did the gorgeous covers to The Book of the Long Sun duet, & it serves it very well.
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