from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The state or condition of being tricksy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being tricksy; trickiness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or character of being tricksy. Also trickseyness.
Without having read the book myself, from this and other responses I've read or heard, I don't see any reason to challenge the assessment of the book as flawed, overly concerned with typographical tricksiness to the detriment of other literary qualities, and to the detriment of the book as a whole.
Which is to say, this tricksiness is taken as evidence of trickery, a performative artifice aimed at an illusion of significance, an inflated sense of import.
Some readers may not enjoy the existential tricksiness but the voice is similar enough between the two books that I think even they will be carried along for the ride.
Things like Zoline's Heat Death of the Universe, much liked by Aldiss he says, but is no fan of such writing tricksiness with science fictional trimmings, being basically a story about a common woman in California that isn't SF at all.
His music lacks the rhythmic invention and tricksiness of the US R&B that inspired it (the almost-martial beat of Sergeant Smash comes closest), but it has the polish and commercial hooks of, well, all the other British auto-soul currently dominating the charts.
At other points, though, it all gets lost in its own tricksiness as it lurches back and forth from colonial India to 1930s Edinburgh and to the present day, swerving between characters 'viewpoints with such speed that it occasionally induces literary motion sickness.
Having held back for those first three, sunny months, he fell into tricksiness and political game-playing.
Metafiction can be tricky in its tricksiness, but VanderMeer pulls it off wonderfully.
Given teh tricksiness ov teh cats and teh werewoofs, and the ….carnivorousness …
I suppose this appealed immensely to Ellaline's love of intrigue and kittenish tricksiness generally.
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