I started this book not knowing ANYTHING about it. I read it because I loved the Milkweed Triptych and wanted to read more from this author.
This book was nothing like his previous three, completely different feel,even the reading style was different. Over and over again, I likened it to having a really really rich dessert. You want to keep eating it, but you have to take breaks because of the richness. It's very cerebral, sometimes I found myself re-reading some sections because the descriptions were so heavy, I wanted to be sure I was able to take it all in.
I really liked the concept of memories being tangible, like objects, and the Magisterium concept was really cool. I don't know how he comes up with this stuff, but he has a style of writing that can paint an image in your head of something that you've never even seen before, which is really a feat.
All and all I enjoyed this book. I probably won't read it again, because it's so heavy, but it was really a unique ride into the celestial realm