He's never been particularly plotty
, thank goodness, but this story entails reversals and twists that demand structural and subtextual craftiness -- Hitchcockian turns and feints -- that play second fiddle to mood, tone and extravagant expressive pictorialism.
Sneaky Pete" is, by comparison, a more satisfying but less ambitious show, a delightfully plotty
Stephenson is so fluid a writer, so adept at the particular thing he does, that he can get away with very long stretches of what's frequently referred to as 'infodumps' but what I prefer to call 'techsposition': an amalgam of technical geekery and plotty
exposition, fused into one substance, a material Stephenson has seemingly perfected.
The critic, however, complains about its reliance on a contrived narrative involving a series of rather plotty
, melodramatic devices (such as suicide, birth of a disabled child, a mysterious bequest, a revelatory letter about a distant past, etc.
It would brighten up all the dull, plotty
bits no end.
Better than that--they'd had plenty of naughty, tweaky, plotty
, reconciliatory confabulations.
Hope Mills was given a Pushcart Editors' Book Award precisely because it isn't plotty
enough to be commercially viable.
Life is so logical - superficially, that is - therefore so plotty
In a word, drama had become plotless because it had turned its back on the plotty
part of plot that had become the basis of drama to the point of (temporary) fatigue.
If that already sounds too plotty
by half, we haven't even gotten to the inevitable return of Zoolander's clown-haired old nemesis, Mugatu (Will Ferrell, energetically nasty as ever), or the "Da Vinci Code"-style legend of a secret bloodline that may hold the key to eternal youth.
EVE'S off to check out a male stripper tonight - a Brad Pitt lookalike who we're very much hoping will be popping up as a regular fixture - it would brighten up all the dull, plotty
bits no end.