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The funny thing about this book is that the characters are all strange -- an overly tall teenager, a rock star, a Swedish prima ballerina, a quirky butler, a father who seems to be a character out of Mad Men...And yet, the thing that makes the story come alive is that they all seem so real. Their problems, even though (hopefully) they are nothing like your own (the main character's parents are shot right in front of him) seem like they could have happened to anyone because the characters' reactions to what happens to them makes so much sense. You relate to all of them. You get to know them. By the end of the book, some of them are like dear -- if emotionally disturbed -- friends. (Think a very toned-down John Irving.)
The language is perfect. And Mr. Larkin does a great job with the narration.
Definitely will be keeping an eye for more from this author.
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Would you listen to Life Among Giants again? Why?
Yes. I enjoyed the book but since I'm doing audio I'm actually repeating it to make sure I didn't miss anything.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Life Among Giants?
When Lizard watched his parents being murdered.
Which scene was your favorite?
Towards the end at the restaurant when they were all working together to catch their parents murders.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I didn't cry but quite a few parts that made me laugh.
Any additional comments?
This book goes back and forth so you really have to be completely tuned in or you may miss something vital. Overall I liked the book and its wacky characters. Lizards family and all the secrets kept amongst them all made things a mystery. You could never really guess what was happening next.
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