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This book is hilarious. As a result of his previous successes, I believe, the author was able to take a lot of liberties with the content and the style. I don't laugh often, but there were many passages in Supersymmetry that made me laugh out loud, not just at the content, but also at the composition of the story.
Konrath thumbs his nose at his editors, himself, his readers, and his characters in an amusing way. In several instances, he plagiarizes medium-length passages from Timecaster, and just when you're starting to think he's being a lazy hack, he acknowledges that he's being a lazy hack...but in a funny enough way to make it all right. The book also repeats itself verbatim, several times, but it comes across as a reasonable technique in a story taking place in several nearly identical multiple universes.
I've read most of what Konrath has made available to the public, and this is his "loosest" novel so far. I mean that he seems to be purposefully having a good time writing it outrageously, and seems not to care what the readers might think. I liked the freedom this style suggested. He warns you in the forward, and after that, makes no apologies. I wonder what the discussion was like with his editor when he turned in the final draft.
Konrath has embraced the millennial culture of the rude, crude, and vulgar, similar to the television and movie industries, but if you can stomach the raunchiness, there is no better purveyor. He's funny. Really funny. Do NOT attempt without reading Timecaster first!
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