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Andromeda Klein Andromeda Klein Has A Few ProblemsHer Hair Is Kind Of HorribleHer Partner In Occultism, Daisy, Is DeadHer Secret, Estranged, Much Older And Forbidden Boyfriend In Theory, Has Gone AWOLAnd Her Mother Has Learned How To TextIn Short, Things Couldn T Get Much Worse Until They Do Daisy Seems To Be Attempting To Make Contact From Beyond, Books Are Starting To Disappear From The Library, And Then, Strangely And Suddenly, Andromeda S Tarot Readings Are Beginning To Predict Events With Bizarrely Literal Accuracy Omens Are Everywhere Dreams Swords Fires Hidden Cards Lost, Broken, And Dead Cell Phones And What Is Daisy Trying To Tell Her In The Ensuing Struggle Of Neutral Versus Evil, It S Andromeda Klein Against The World, Modern Society, Demonic Forces, And The Friends Of The LibraryFrom Frank Portman, Author Of King Dork, Comes Another Unique Literary Experience Andromeda Klein Is Dark, Funny, Smart, And Entirely Unforgettable From The Hardcover Edition


10 thoughts on “Andromeda Klein

  1. says:

    YA Andromeda Klein lives so deeply in her head that in the first couple of pages of this you only get a few glimpses of her She s riding her bike She s wearing a hoodie But mostly she s thinking about tarot and the Egyptian god Thoth She relates to the world through tarot and her thoughts are complicated and infinitely layered, but I have to believe Portman purposely made them as dense and inaccessible as possible maybe to show us how different Andromeda is, how alienated from her peers YA Andromeda Klein lives so deeply in her head that in the first couple of pages of this you only get a few glimpses of her She s riding her bike She s wearing a hoodie But mostly she s thinking about tarot and the Egyptian god Thoth She relates to the world through tarot and her thoughts are complicated and infinitely layered, but I have to believe Portman purposely made them as dense and inaccessible as possible maybe to show us how different Andromeda is, how alienated from her peers because he later explains many of the same concepts in a way that s easy to grasp In fact, the rest of this book is highly readable once you get over the steep wall of Andromeda s thoughts.It s hard going, though The opening throws a lot of new concepts at you Andromeda has difficulty hearing because of osteogenesis imperfecta, a condition that affects the bones and cartilage, and she s developed her own language based on words and phrases she s mis heard It s a lot to remember, but as chapter four promises Most magical writing is deliberately obscure, designed to hide crucial matters from the uninitiated yet reveal them to those who know how to read the texts properly.That s this book exactly If you stick with it and learn Andromeda s language, her world will open up to you.Andromeda is sly, funny, odd, and always herself and she s in high school, so of course that makes life evendifficult and this book is about libraries and magic and finding people who accept you for who you are, and it s pretty damned satisfying.Four and a half stars rounded up to five for good behavior This starts off ploddingly, but I soon became immersed in Andromeda s world and tore through the second half of the book, rooting, hard, for her Recommended Difficult, but rewarding Use the lexicon in the back


  2. says:

    In all honesty, I really can t recommend this book in good faith However, for my part, I m such an easy critic that it really grew on me Even so, a book that takes until halfway through to really get moving and only really comes together at the last chapters has some problems in the workings.Andromeda Klein tells the story of a misunderstood teenage girl who is obsessed with Tarot cards and the occult Her life is falling apart at the seams Her best friend died while she was on a family trip, In all honesty, I really can t recommend this book in good faith However, for my part, I m such an easy critic that it really grew on me Even so, a book that takes until halfway through to really get moving and only really comes together at the last chapters has some problems in the workings.Andromeda Klein tells the story of a misunderstood teenage girl who is obsessed with Tarot cards and the occult Her life is falling apart at the seams Her best friend died while she was on a family trip, her much older boyfriend has lost interest in her and the library is weeding out all her favorite books And now, she is receiving odd signs in her Tarot readings and from the world around her What does it all mean, and what is the universe trying to tell her You ll have to slog through the book to find out.Andromeda Klein readlike a blog, based on the rate it told the story It was very slow moving, and heavy on character inside jokes based on the main characters mis hearings of words However, the book is very well researched and packed with names, dates, references and lexicons to all things magic I enjoyed the story by the end, but most readers will have closed this book long before the chapters reach the double digits


  3. says:

    I didn t really like King Dork when I read it, so I m not sure now what exactly got me interested in reading Andromeda Klein Probably it was the concept of a modern teenager doing ceremonial magic in a very Crowley sort of way And maybe if you liked King Dork, and you re deeply interested in ceremonial magic, it ll be a great read for you But I didn t like King Dork, and I have only a passing interest in ceremonial magic, so this was doomed from the start.The ceremonial magic is very, very we I didn t really like King Dork when I read it, so I m not sure now what exactly got me interested in reading Andromeda Klein Probably it was the concept of a modern teenager doing ceremonial magic in a very Crowley sort of way And maybe if you liked King Dork, and you re deeply interested in ceremonial magic, it ll be a great read for you But I didn t like King Dork, and I have only a passing interest in ceremonial magic, so this was doomed from the start.The ceremonial magic is very, very well researched Which may well be part of the problem The book reads very much like it s being transcribed from a book of research notes But this is supposed to be Andromeda s inner thoughts, and people don t really think like that Not even Hermione Granger Not unless they re actually consulting their notes But we start the book following Andromeda on a bike ride, where her thoughts resemble a lecture in ceremonial magic, and it just doesn t ring true Now, as soon as we get out of Andromeda s head, the world starts to come alive For the most part, the teenagers are acting like real, live teenagers, and talking like real, live teenagers But the plot It has no end Things are set up, but nothing comes of them, or we re cut off before the resolution This is obviously intentional, but it s just as obvious that there won t be a sequel We re just going to be left hanging on Well, pretty much everything that could be called a plot thread in this book I don t know why Portman wrote it that way, but this is your advance warning nothing that you want resolved will be resolved in any way And considering the situation that he sets up in the last few pages, I m pretty displeased Trying to avoid spoilers, as much as possible, the book ends with Andromeda in a very serious situation, with no hint whatsoever of how it will be resolved Not pleased


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    Edit I originally gave this book 4 stars I mention why in the original review below, which is unchanged , but given that I haven t been able to stop thinking about it or its fascinating main character since I read it, and keep recommending it to friends, it definitely warrants 5 This is a great read though not for everyone, see review below and if it doesn t deserve 5 stars, I don t know what does, it just leaves you a little pensive and wistful at the end at least that s how it left me Edit I originally gave this book 4 stars I mention why in the original review below, which is unchanged , but given that I haven t been able to stop thinking about it or its fascinating main character since I read it, and keep recommending it to friends, it definitely warrants 5 This is a great read though not for everyone, see review below and if it doesn t deserve 5 stars, I don t know what does, it just leaves you a little pensive and wistful at the end at least that s how it left me so be forewarned I enjoy a good YA novel a lot, sometimesthan books written for the adult market The territory comes with a certain liberty to incorporate quirky and bizarre themes, and their meditations on coming of age and self discovery remain identifiable at any age, because everyone either has or is still experiencing them Andromeda Klein is a really good YA novel In fact it s just a really good novel which happens to be centered on a mental being whose temporal prison of in her own eyes rather disappointing flesh has yet to find release from that circle of existence which is called High School And who also happens to practice occult magic to varying degrees of success , only ever had onethan kinda sorta friend who is now dead , and is so divorced from contemporary culture she doesn t recognize the band view spoiler Led Zeppelin hide spoiler when she hears it.Despite herthan usual ouijanesse possessing the qualities of eerie, metaphysical potency , you don t have to be an ectomorphic and extremely introverted occult adept with osteogenesis imperfecta, partial deafness and incorrigibly limp hair for Andromeda to be an identifiable character Anyone who has ever felt bullied, betrayed, sub normally attractive to the opposite sex, alienated from their peers, out of step with the world around them, suffered parental persecution or feared they loved someonethan that love was returned can empathize with her plight Any one of these would be bad enough for a high school junior, and Andromeda has them all in spades Yet despite her litany of problems, Portman s well paced and witty writing keeps the specter of wallowing at bay, now poking gentle fun at his heroine s genetic under performance and ironic misfortunes, now exposing an aching vulnerability and pathos that is as deeply moving as it is familiar, without ever allowing it to become contemptible or self pitying.I saw one review which complained that the action doesn t get underway until the middle of the book That is undeniably true But from the description above, it should be clear that this novel is at heart a character study The entire plot culminates in the revelation of two acts which set in motion and explain all the other events leading up to their discovery, which only comes together in the last 50 or so pages So like a mystery, the majority of the book is devoted to planting clues and convergent the significance of which is shadowy until key pieces of knowledge make sense of them This structure closely parallels Andromeda s own worldview that the Universe is rational and knowable though not without the right tools and skills, and maybe not at all in this lifetime and her obsessive self tarot readings are her attempts to fill in the gaps in her knowledge to make sense of what s happening, though she learns that she can t ultimately find the answers in isolation.This is an extremely contemplative book, but despite that and the fact that most of it could be considered one long set up to the big reveal, it s the complete opposite of slow It s very funny I laughed aloud at view spoiler the descriptions of the Gimpala s special form of locomotion hide spoiler , the pacing is superb, chapters are just the right length and the elements of mystery and literally existential anxiety kept me up through the night to read one after another But it s not for everyone You definitely have to think Andromeda s is a psychology worth discovering, because if you find her the least bit tiresome, there is not enough of a plot outside of her to offer any relief Some people might find the integration into the entire book of the Andromeda specific vocabulary brought on by her hearing defects tedious and a little forced, but I thought it was true to the way we all develop our own idiolectic quirks, which in her case, like everything else, reaches new extremes I didn t need a lot of the explanations of certain sub cultural and literary references or the meaning of basic Latin, but they re entirely appropriate to the target audience and slipped in subtly enough to not grind the narrative to a halt I haven t read the work of authors like Crowley or A.E Waite, so I can t speak to how accurate or well researched they are, but they seemed credible view spoiler though I thought reference to Lovecraft mythos as legit phenomena was a little weird considering how everything else Andromeda is involved in, as far as I could tell, was something that has been believed or practiced historically by someone I ve never encountered any actual mythos believers , but that might just show the limits of my experience Anyway, I suspect the treatment of the 19th century occultists is muchsubstantial, since Andromeda draws most of her practice from them while Lovecraft only comes up in passing hide spoiler.Until I finished the last 60 pages of this book, I would have given it 5 stars I still think it s a great, expertly crafted book, but something about the resolution left me just let down enough that I couldn t It shouldn t be taken as too much of a mark against this book though I have serial difficulty with endings They re ever harder to write than to read and I think most authors must struggle with them I guess I also had some implicit expectations that weren t quite met view spoiler Strong inoculations Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the like made me assume Andromeda s troubles would havecosmic implications than they actually did this book does contain what has to be one of the most low key demon banishing rites ever committed to print The ultimately mundane origins of most of her problems strike a definite chord of truth about the changeable nature of love and friendship that is very poignant if not outright tragic hide spoiler Still, this shouldn t take away from the fact that the ending deftly brings around everything that came before it, their ultimate meanings revealed This book is very polished, and very lean Everything is there for a reason Reading it, you start to believe, along with Andromeda, that there really are no coincidences


  5. says:

    I liked King Dork , so this had been in the queue for a while This is another coming of age story about an awkward teen at the very bottom of the social totem pole In this case, it s Andromeda Klein, a teenage girl obsessed with magic, tarot, and the occult Her best friend recently passed away, her older guy crush won t text her, her parents are nutty, her hair is awful, her friends arelike frenemies This may sound like your standard young adult fare, but throw in lots of randomly I liked King Dork , so this had been in the queue for a while This is another coming of age story about an awkward teen at the very bottom of the social totem pole In this case, it s Andromeda Klein, a teenage girl obsessed with magic, tarot, and the occult Her best friend recently passed away, her older guy crush won t text her, her parents are nutty, her hair is awful, her friends arelike frenemies This may sound like your standard young adult fare, but throw in lots of randomly obscure and esoteric references to ancient mythology and magic, a talking guardian angel, an entire lexicon of words misheard by Andromeda due to a rare medical condition, and you ve got yourself one weird book Portman can t resist throwing in punk rock indie references and characters here and there, but they certainly aren t the focus like they were in King Dork It takes a while to get into this, if this might be the type of thing that you could get into in the first place , and if I hadn t already loaded the first 6 discs into my car s CD player for my commute, I might not have stuck it out However, I eventually enjoyed my small dose of craziness each morning on my way to work Ultimately, this is one of those books that I just can t properly critique There were a lot of things left hanging throughout the story and an ending that just didn t really do it for me Bottom line, you probably won t like it I don t think I did


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    Terrible so, so terrible I didn t actually finish this book which is pretty rare for me , but there was no listing for I tried, but it was just WAY too bad I was SO disappointed in this book, I can t even begin to describe it, so I won t Instead, I ll make a pitch for Frank Portman s 1st book, King Dork, which quite possibly ranks as my favorite teen lit book Yes it even beats Catcher in the Rye So if you picked this one up by mistake, don t write off Frank Portman Go ge Terrible so, so terrible I didn t actually finish this book which is pretty rare for me , but there was no listing for I tried, but it was just WAY too bad I was SO disappointed in this book, I can t even begin to describe it, so I won t Instead, I ll make a pitch for Frank Portman s 1st book, King Dork, which quite possibly ranks as my favorite teen lit book Yes it even beats Catcher in the Rye So if you picked this one up by mistake, don t write off Frank Portman Go get King Dork, and you won t be disappointed Let s just hope he gets back on track for book 3, or sticks to music see Mr T Experience , or something


  7. says:

    Slow read often muddied Wade away from the banks of the first 50 pages and the waters start to clear but there is no current that takes you away Dealing with the occult one gets the impression the author busied himself so much with reading up on the complexities of the subject that he never got the chance to unstring the tangled points of light into a cohesive plot.


  8. says:

    I could not finish this book It read like a text book on how to.with the occult I felt like it was a platform for teaching people about tarot cards, witchcraft, new ageetc It seemed to be less about a story andabout teaching.


  9. says:

    I started listening to this on audio CD, but when my ears began to bleed I quickly retrieved it from the CD player and calmed myself with some NPRreally, really crappy.


  10. says:

    I m happy I kept reading and finished this book, but I would have been ok if I had never picked it up It was a little underwhelming for my taste There was so much build up and a lot about magic, but a bit boring overall.