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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
Male readers who enjoy unpleasant quirks.
Would you ever listen to anything by Jonathan Carroll again?
Which character – as performed by Daniel Goldstein – was your favorite?
They all seemed equally unlikeable.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Anger and disappointment.
Any additional comments?
It's a shame review boxes are so narrowly set out — I can't easily say what I felt about this odd, jumbled work. The writer clearly knows how to write. The buildup of tension is generally quite strong. However I felt no connection with the main characters, and didn't really like any of them — none stood out from the background of self-obsessed insularity and smothering middle-classness. The fetish for film work didn't appeal to me and would, I think, put off many general readers, while the moral links the novel seems to want to make (despite its obsession with amorality) between violent depiction and 'evil' are, I think, merely mundane. The punchline to this meandering, under-structured novel seems to indicate that the purpose of the book isn't to explore a moral viewpoint but to illustrate an amoral one. If narratives exist to give shape and meaning, it makes sense that the illustration of shapeless meaninglessness can be justified as a counterpoint. Alas, it doesn't make for a worthwhile novel.