What I gleaned about the story: A dull man and his more excitable wife go on a vacation to a very tall building. Presumably more happens from there.
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Kudos: I love the cover art. Very Kafka-esque.
Analysis: The lengths of the sentences varied nicely, but it just picked up this trudging sameness after about the second paragraph. This subject verbed. That subject verbed. Then these subjects here, parenthetically described, proceeded to verb. etc. It is possible that this was done intentionally, to create a sense of absolute plodding tediousness to the protagonist, but for me, it backfired. I assigned those qualities to the narrator, and by extension, to the book itself. But whether intentional or not, the trudging pattern kept pulling me out of the story.
Analysis: The majority of what I read was in tell mode, providing a melange of details about this man, his new wife, where they were from, the history of the building they were visiting, etc. The only bits of interest I found were the few and far-between cries of delight from his wife as stuff happens outside the window while he drones on about history and geography.
Analysis: I don’t need excitement in the first 10 minutes, but I do need something to intrigue me – something for my brain to latch onto that will fuel the immersion. And opening with extended tell-mode is like putting an immersion-proof coating on your story. I never did penetrate that outer layer.