What Precision, Such Restraint

What Precision, Such Restraint Review

A young man seeking to hack into his own unconscious mind. An academic conference on the metaphysics of flies. An apocalyptic world where punctuation has been outlawed. An eating disorder that produces collectible antiques.

A mix of allegory, satire, randomly generated numbers, spam messages rearranged into haiku form, plagiarism, and bad writing presented in the more sophisticated if still unpalatable guise of literary experimentation, Phil Jourdan's collection of stories is infuriating, challenging and other marketing buzzwords.

Title:What Precision, Such Restraint
Edition Language:English

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    What Precision, Such Restraint Reviews

  • Phil

    I had the great displeasure of reading this book AS I WAS WRITING IT. I couldn't believe the nonsense coming out of my head.But the more I thought of it, the more I reconsidered my hatred of my own bo...

  • Edward Rathke

    My interview with Phil at Monkeybicycle.I stand by this review that I wrote immediately after finishing it, but I've bumped it up a star because I do think this is actually much more enjoyable than I ...

  • Kyle Muntz

    4.5 This is a difficult book to review. Partially because it does so much, but also, at the same time, it’s difficult to say what it does. Jourdan seems to be writing in the tradition of the great p...

  • Peter Tieryas

    There is a boldness in the language, an enthralling engagement that dares you to read more. The ideas are wild, as in the “punctuation police” from the story “Punctuation” who are “giant ins...

  • Jess

    Phil's work in What Precision, Such Restraint, borders the sublime and perverse, and for this reason, I adored this collection. His ideas are perfect: their inception, their reasoning, their structure...

  • Sorcha O'Dowd

    I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.Wow! What can I say about 'What Precision, Such Restraint'.First off, this is not the sort of book I would normally choose to read....

  • Caleb Ross

    I read an early version of this collection, What Precision, Such Restraint, a few years ago, during which time I must have been drunk, since though I recall enjoying the collection I don’t remember ...

  • Adam

    I'm generally not one to write reviews, but being as how I received my copy of WHAT PRECISION, SUCH RESTRAINT free by way of the Goodreads Giveaways program, I feel it's the least I can do:I first bec...

  • Renee

    Never has a short story collection taking me down the rabbit hole so effectively. Jourdan doesn't hold back in his introduction, you know exactly what to expect, and yet, it defies your expectations. ...

  • Bailey

    I would fist like to say that I won this book through a Goodreads Giveaway and would like to say thank you.What Precision, Such Restraint was a great and fast read. I have to admit that I am not used ...