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  1. This is a stunning read. Here are some thoughts: You read LEVEL END by Brian Oliu: the end, point of change, point of loss–the loss of love, memory-blur, or like the way a house sounds when it is emptied of what it possessed before you awoke, alone. It is in and through spaces such as water, sand, foreign lands, or a children’s song park where you slip into the labyrinth. Yes, this is the end. It is here where you confront final bosses, save points where hearts help, but fade, too. The music [...]

  2. Read as 3.5 stars. (I'm torn between 3 and 4 on this one - it may change when I reread it, which I plan to do)Scattered thoughts:- I expected it to be a little more game-esque, honestly. I enjoy the odd moments, the idea of boss battles and save points But it was described to me as a literary tome in the style of a video game strategy guide. I don't really see it as that - more of a string of experimental prose poems with tenuous links to gaming language.- The last section was awesome. I was not [...]

  3. Level End is a chapbook of prose poetry, the content of which is structured around videogames of yesterday, those of final bosses and save points. There is a high/low culture transubstantiation that caused me to reconsider the nature of both; the formal application of (high) prose poetry to (low) video games, and vice versa, reflecting the nuance (as captured in poetry) of emotion and the (as captured in videogames) goal based structure that props up those emotions. Each new entrance to the boss [...]

  4. I thought this was really good, but short. I wanted more, more weirdness and more ideas than just boss battles and save points. I really think there's a ton here that's great, but weren't there originally going to be 32 essays? That said, the essays that are here are very good: I really like the last essay in the book, and I recently taught and thought alot about the early boss battle with the lady with feathers and the save point at the inn. In both cases, I appreciated the language, the period [...]

  5. I picked this book for the sake of its concept after hearing Brian speak at AWP. It was nothing like I expected it to be, and I loved it all the more because of this surprise.

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