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2.0 out of 5 stars Good opening but stumbles into cliche, July 24, 2009
This review is from: Misconception: A Novel (Paperback)
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I loved the way this book opened. It was well-written, introduced characters I thought I'd want to get to know, and had a funny, if gross, situation as an anchor. Then we hit the first cliche. I suppose I can get past that, but then the next one came up fast and furious right behind it. Then another and another. Until that's pretty much all we had and I lost all interest in the characters and their plight.

Mr. Budinot is a decent writer. He made me laugh out loud a couple of times, which is great. Throughout we were introduced to specific and unique characters. But, the over all feeling of this tale was hopelessness, and bleak is easy. The targets of disdain and ridicule he's chosen are so overused in hip fiction that they're threadbare and, again, easy. Dropping those unique characters without weaving them into the story to any significant purpose is easy. In the end I didn't feel this was a story that came from the heart of the author, but rather came from an unfortunate devotion to pet peeves.

I can't recommend this story, sadly, but that doesn't mean I'd never pick up another book by this author. That opener was enough to give me hope he'll slough off the hipster gripes and get down to a story that actually means something. The characters we started with in this story deserved better, IMO.
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