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Glaciers

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Glaciers, Alexis M. Smith, book reviewGlaciers is a strikingly visual novel – some might say novella, not just as this book is just 174 pages in paperback but because of the fleeting timescale of the story – and one that has certainly garnered plenty of positive attention, but it is also one that I think it would not be unfair to file under ‘promising but not quite there yet’.

Alexis Smith’s poignant debut is notable for its pretty vignettes, scenes from a day in the life of a young woman living in contemporary Portland, in which evocative pictures are conjured up in just a few words. Sadly the weaknesses in the plot and in characterisation mean that Glaciers remains just a series of very pretty postcards and never amounts to something more worthy of Smith’s obvious ability.


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