I frankly had no idea what this book was about when I downloaded it. I was pleasantly surprised. It turned out to be and extremely entertaining listen. Maupin has created a very interesting set of characters whose humanity and humanness will lift your spirits.
Somebody hire this guy an editor. Please. I've given him two chances since the excellent Snow Crash: The Diamond Age and this bloated mishmash. Both are unlistenable. Dude, tighten it up. And stop reading your books!
I just reread the Publisher's Summary for this book. It's very short. For good reason. It's hard to say much about this book without giving away the twist. I'll just say, It's a very big twist. So, briefly ...
The things I liked: The story. The language - vivid, powerful, poetic. The guy can write.
The things I disliked: The narration. Too slow. The tone was too flat and needlessly foreboding. There was humor and hope and life in the story. It wasn't all sadness and despair and danger and death. I think the reading missed out on the good stuff.
Don't get me wrong. It's certainly not a waste of time. I really liked the ensemble cast and find Palahniuk quite imaginative and funny. I was just expecting the book to say more. Part way through I really thought this book had the potential to be great. I felt the end didn't live up to the beginning. Maybe I just didn't get it.
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