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1. Witty, intelligent characters, storylines, and references
The utter wittiness of this book is absolutely my favorite part. But it's a kind of dark wittiness that is both hilarious and incredibly disturbing. A few times throughout I had to walk away from the kindle because I just couldn't believe what was happening to the characters. But at the same time, there is a lightness to even the dark scenes that I've never experienced before. You can almost feel the author laughing at you through the pages.
2. Portrayal of taboo subjects
Often in fantasy books, you read taboo things that are the norm for that world so their problematic nature is left uninterrogated, which to me always feels like a cheap way out. But rather than adopt some kind of otherwordly system of morals, Jarmo makes the taboo scenes all that much more complex because they are still wrong in the world. However, the morals don't always apply to all the characters--which is a really interesting tension.
3. Jarmo himself
Jarmo is one of those transcendent characters that could live way beyond the book. He's sort of like a Tom Bombadil written by George RR Martin trapped in the land of Lewis Carroll. He is without a doubt one of the weirdest personalities I have encountered.
The thought that this book might stay relatively obscure saddens me, because people really should read it. I think it could easily be the next big book for adults--and could even revitalize and redefine the fiction market. It's cheap, and you can even borrow it for free if you're an amazon prime member. You will not be let down.
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