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This author has a breezy, cheeky style, which I don't mind so much. However, the narrator's kindergarten-teacher delivery sends the material to a place of absurdity. I couldn't make it past a couple chapters. Better to just read this one.
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This is just too tragic a book. What do you get when you add humor to tragedy and top it off with wide-eyed, childlike narration? Almost unendurable glibness.
I really loved "Stiff". And I thought that subject matter was serious, but it came off as enlightening, with a lot of chuckles. Roach can't carry it off here.
Everything underscores the tragedy of war: ultra-fire retardant uniforms for those in tanks, just brings to mind men trapped and burning to death. The science of RPGs and IEDs on military vehicles? Well, we all know what that means to the men, the real men, in combat. And usually I love her willingness to ask the silly questions that we always wonder about. But here we come to below-the-belt injuries, and she asks, "Didn't you wonder if your junk was still there?" The answer is: Yes, but I worried about my soldiers first. Add to that, she was probably totally in the way while she was working on the book (A submarine going to great lengths, for hours, to get her on board safely; walking in a simulated combat line where she almost gets hit by a vehicle because she had just spotted a gopher). Plus, some of her comments fell painfully, PAINFULLY, flat. A body in the water, just attacked by sharks turns into... "the demi-corpse;" a dead soldier whose extensive and horrific internal injuries? Well, his "mustache is crooked."
Just couldn't find the humor within myself to like this book. There's plenty of interesting info here, tidbits, nuggets, the archaic origins of things. But there's plenty of heartbreak too...
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