Wong displays formidable skill... intriguing us with subtle but unmistakable humor, drawing us into the highly wrought maze of her novel and making it fun ... Wong’s challenge is in sustaining this embodiment for nearly 250 pages ... Despite the extraordinary control and wit of her writing, and the protean sprightliness of her thought, she doesn’t quite manage it in the end. The humor gives out about halfway through, and you miss it when it’s gone.
While the prose can be tiring, Wong also delivers something rare, evoking a creepy sort of glamour around books and stories ... Casts a curious spell despite its stylistic density and lack of traditional plot.