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Oct. 22nd, 2007 03:14 pm
threemonkeys: (Waxlion)
I'm not big on plot description when I review* or when I read reviews. I suppose that comes down to spoilers - I'd prefer the author to tell the story not the reviewer. In a review I look for tone, quality, genre, theme and that sort of think. Clues as to whether I would want to read it myself. In this spirit, all I can really say about Bad Monkeys by Matt Ruff is that it is really really very good. Even discussing theme, genre etc would be a spoiler. Why - because nothing in this book is what it seems. It is complex, layered, obscured and yet easy to read. Even saying that is a spoiler. If you have read Ruff's previous book Set This House in Order, you have the beginnings of the idea where this book goes. Beyond that I will say no more except that that you should read it.

*It could be said that I'm not big on review when I review - true enough, especially here where I'm recording personal impressions rather than writing anything resembling a proper review.

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