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One More Paperback – May 11, 2012
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L/C Ratio: 20/80
(This means I estimate the author devoted 20% of his effort to creating a literary work of art and 80% of his effort to creating a commercial bestseller.)
35% - Humor
30% - Gym culture
20% - Mermaids
15% - Mystery
Wacky characters can help make a book memorable, and One More is filled with a whole cast of them. DeBottis uses them very careful, drawing out plenty of humor while making sure the characters still feel human. A character like Wally (a man-child convinced he is a medieval knight) gets close to the border of ridiculousness but never crosses the line. And by the end of the book, DeBottis has given him depth and found a way to work him into the plot's resolution.
One More is a smooth read except for the narrator's tendency to over-explain minor details (such as trips to the bathroom). Even still, it's an impressive debut by DeBottis that lands plenty of laughs.
The bastard winter must have not worn its condom this year, for it seemed as though spring was going to be late.