This is horror comedy where both elements are done well. It refuses to be cliche, and is rarely predictable.
Molly the dog, because she's the only one who is truly an innocent.
There's a part where a monster is formed out of a bunch of live turkeys. Without giving details, it is disgustingly disturbing one moment, then absurdly funny the next. Like much of the rest of this book.
Yes, but I don't want to give it away.
The reading is very good on this production, and there are just occasional touches of audio production that enhance at just the right moments without ever feeling too intrusive. The way the name of the town ("[UNDISCLOSED]") is "clumsily" overdubbed in a different sounding voice was somehow an effect that never ceased to be funny.
As a huge fan of Palahniuk's works, it pains me to write a negative review, but this book was horribly disappointing. Yes, it contains the dose of "I can't believe I'm reading this" content that you'd come to expect from him, but it doesn't feel original and it is almost completely devoid of the twisted humor which made so many of his works fun to read in spite of their dark subject matter. This book is filled with logical inconsistencies and huge plot holes that are unexpected from an author who usually crafts his complicated story lines so well. The publisher bills this book as a commentary on/parody of the 50 Shades of Gray books, so perhaps to that end it is bad *on purpose*, but it is still bad. That said, the audio performance is mostly great, though there are several spots of bad editing, where the reader goes back and re-reads a phrase or sentence after making a mistake, which is why I rate it 4 stars rather than 5.
It's hard to write a review of this book that doesn't give away some of the wonderful secrets that make it such an enjoyable listen. I'd say--if you like steampunk, you will like this, even though it's not a steampunk book. If you like mysteries that go to unexpected places. If you like stories with a good sense of humor.
Plus, the narration is great, with super strong voice acting for characters of both sexes. I hope that Clines and Porter will team up on many books to come.
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