These prose poems are at the same time teeming with introspection and pop-culture minutiae. Dedicated gamers will enjoy the subtle hints and references tied to the narrative. Even if the majority of classic video game allusions elude you, you may still find the initials “BJB” high on your scoreboard of recent reads.
All along I’ve tried to keep the required knowledge of the games in the book as close to zero as possible. You can read the rest of the review here, with thanks to Michael Luke Benedetto.