The Call of the Mind —

  1. Its structure is unconventional, specifically nonlinear. There is purposefully not supposed to be connections between parts in each dossier, and even those parts are not laid out in order.
  2. There are four separate storylines following the same character. Three of them take place in the past and one in the present.
  3. If the storylines were four mirrors, then they have been shattered with a bat, picked up at random, and sorted into “dossiers” instead of chapters, because chapters imply continuum. This style is similar to what critics call a mosaic piece of fiction (ie. House on Mango Street, Gardens of Kyoto).
  4. There is an unreliable narrator. They leave important details out or don’t notice them until they come back later.
  5. Marvel character and world tropes are kept to a minimum, with most of the story shards taking place on earth.

So how do you figure it out? Wait. Read slow. Let each part you read soak in. It will piece together the more you read.

“The scenes of our life are like pictures done in rough mosaic. Looked at close, they produce no effect. There is no beauty to be found in them, unless you stand some distance off.” – Arthur Schopenhauer