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Bad Monkeys Paperback – July 24, 2007
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The novel opens in the psychiatric ward of the Clark County Detention Center (Las Vegas, NV). Accused murder Jane Charlotte explains to her psychiatrist that her alleged crime was authorized by a covert organization dedicated to crime prevention. Jane was an operative in the Department for the Final Disposition of Irredeemable Persons ("Bad Monkeys"), regularly dispatched to eliminated evildoers who eluded the justice system. Her life story revolves around this organization and its departments of Ubiquitous Intermittent Surveillance (Panopticon), Optimal Utilization of Resources and Personnel (Cost-Benefits), internal affairs (Malfeasance), and The Scary Clowns. She tells her story from childhood to date as her psychiatrist gently points out inconsistencies between her version and the official record.
The reader is left to question, "who is Jane Charlotte?" Ruff layers the story with basic questions of good vs. evil (characters named Wise, True, and Love all make appearances) as he leaves the reader with riddles upon riddles about the sarcastically funny Jane Charlotte. The author delivers a surprise ending worthy of a tale with this level of manic energy.
Visit author Matt Ruff's website to read the soundtrack of music he "listened to obsessively while writing this book."
Then I finished it.
To make a movie comparison, this is like the Matrix trilogy, where 2/3 (3/4 ?) through the story, all the interesting story arcs and subplots are abruptly dropped, and the story finished quickly in a bizarre, disjointed and unsatisfying manner.
After that, I'll leave it up to you to read this. And, if you enjoy an excellent read that illicits all sorts of comparrisons, from Palahniuk to Moore, then you'll enjoy this. It's unique, at least as far as books I've come across. And I can't think of a better thing to say about a book other than that it was an excellent read, and that it's unique.
Let me tell you of my experience the ten minutes after finishing the book: nearly crying, I searched through the remaining (blank) pages, convinced that this was some sort of joke, that the real ending was sure to come. The final twist was a baseless, cliched character-destroying move that had me crying, "Matt Ruff, what are you thinking?!"
In the end, I had to write a new ending and tape it to the back of the book to put my broken heart to rest.
'Course, the book was still amazing. Until it ended. Read it, PLEASE read it, but just stop at the point I mentioned earlier. Please.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The novel is clearly an attempt to examine the nature of evil while at the same time providing thrills and adventure. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Izzy
I would suggest that if yiu have another book te read - choose the other book.
Bad monkeys is a waste of time.
A fun read. The author tries a little too hard to be clever, in particular taking the unreliable narrator device to the extreme. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Stewart Bushman
I am over half way through the book, having bought it only a couple of days ago (which is not normal for me - usually, I read slowly). Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you get the chance, read "Bad Monkeys". It's fast paced, smart, exciting, keeps you guessing the whole time, and has lots of awesome plot twists. Read morePublished 6 months ago by David Lieberman
Such a strange but readable book. And I never was able to guess what was coming next or the ending.Published 7 months ago by chatfield211
This is not my favorite Matt Ruff book but it did stick with me. It's not really a full-fledge novel, it's more of a character study, a novella. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Anonymous