Cult favorite Tony Vigorito invokes a kind of chaos theory in Nine Kinds of Naked that gleefully turns any expectation of time, space, or plot on its head.
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"Chaos theory says that a tiny, almost imperceptible event can have large, even catastrophic coincidences: a butterfly flapping its wings in North America leads to a hurricane on another continent, for example. In this fictional take on chaos theory, several offbeat characters are linked by a single event that expands through time, sweeping them up in it and changing their lives. A traveler works a nifty trick with a playing card, and a tornado strikes a small Illinois town; a woman is born during the tornado and later meets the man who set it in motion; 1,200 years earlier, a man who is supposed to be stoned to death discovers he has an uncanny knack for surviving; and, back in the present day, another man speaks only in the present tense. Comparisons of this novel to the works of Tom Robbins are both obvious and appropriate: the story meanders around in an entertaining manner, never getting too serious about itself; the characters are splendidly loopy, close to caricature but never quite reaching it, and the situations in which they find themselves are comic, dramatic, and everything in between." (Booklist)
I am a wee bit over the half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lo
This is a fun read!It reminded me of something Christopher Moore would write and that is GOOD!It's nonsensical but makes sense.Listen to it!Kristin Kalbli is a wonderful choice for a narrator.I was gifted this copy for a fair review.
Yes. Keeping up with the narrative is an interesting journey.
This is an excellent listen.
Ravenclaw. I like books that break my heart.
surprising, soothing, absurd
I don't know if there's any story to which I could compare Nine Kinds of Naked, but Tony Vigorito's writing is in the same vein as Tom Robbins.
Father JJ Speed/Special Agent JJ Speed was probably the most memorable, but Diablo was my favourite. I loved the way Kristin Kalbli voiced both his character and Elizabeth Wildhack. Those character voices were so pleasant and enjoyable to listen to, which made their already interesting conversations even better.
This is a fantastic, layered story and a great audiobook. I look forward to listening to more of both the author and the narrator.
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