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Kraken? This book devours Kraken.,
This review is from: Angelmaker (Hardcover)
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There seems to be a trend towards books with magical figures, underworld London types, absurdist escapism with a steam-punk noire flavor. In self-defense, the reader is forced to choose well written examples, and this is one.
What makes this interesting is the lead character, Joe Spork, and some of the asides, for example the lengthy description of the undertaking business from his friend, Billy. Spork is a clock maker/fixer, and the author takes you far enough into that world to be interesting. You come to emphasize with his mannerisms, and style. He is a good man whose grandpa and father were large figures, and his own strengths and goodness appear muted, perhaps only to himself.
The absurdism is funny, and that helps, too. Last year I read China Mieville's Kraken, which had a similar feel, but I found that book kind of dis-spiriting. This is better.
The author weaves strong characters with strange situations and in his best moments, illuminates some aspect of the human condition. In this case, the author takes on the idea that Truth can save human kind, if people can be forced to face it.. in this case through a doomsday device. By making you laugh, the author hides the fact that he has a serious side, and that he is talking about something, as the adventure unwinds.
The author also knows how to accelerate to a finish. Once you get into this world, the book takes off, and you find yourself fist pumping with excitement.