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I'm still trying to figure out what I just read.
I think some of the magic got lost in translation, and the narrator didn't really help to distinguish one character from another. Add to that the lack of linear time and the unreliable narrators, and a premise that had really intrigued me just made me confused.
The car wash story ruined this for me (autism)
I'm autistic, and the language used in the car wash story was demeaning and offensive. I cringed to hear people like me referred to collectively as "autistics" instead of autistic people. We are people with thoughts and feelings like everyone else. But the worst part was when the story said that working at the car wash gave the workers "purpose in life" instead of "just being burdens" on their families. Society is flawed by implying that anyone, regardless of disability status, is only worth what they contribute to capitalism. But it's even worse to suggest that these autistic people were nothing but burdens on anyone. I don't remember if that was a quote from the father who started the car wash or editorializing from the authors, but they should be ashamed of saying hurtful things like that.
Hadn't known what to expect, pleasant surprise!
The non-linear storytelling was a bit confusing at times. I'm not sure if the transitions are more obvious in print. But what I first thought might be a slog, following a crotchety old man through life, turned out to be a reminder that there's always more to a person than what's under the surface.
That's where it ends???
My only complaint about this book is that it ends before it should, at least in my mind. I hope the author writes the sequel quickly.
Audio editing absent. Wish they would re-record.
Buzzy Multimedia must have just had James Marsters use a microphone to record this at home, then didn't bother to do anything with the raw audio. You can hear him smack his lips, turn pages of the book, and squeak his chair. All of these things are normal sounds that can be edited out later on. Still, it's all we've got to listen to the early Dresden Files books.
Wish I knew more
I enjoyed the story itself , but I was really disappointed about the lack of backstory.