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Robert Bayley asks a deceptively simple question, what happens when the worlds comes to an end, but quietly. An apocalypse happens, but it is almost an after thought because he explores what his characters do to maintain a "normal" life. This is a classic character study of those keeping "a stiff upper lip" in an impossible situation. His writing style is both very simple to read, but subtle and complex at the same time, so it can be read by all types of readers.
What this book is not is an action novel, but it is a novel that will make you think very deeply of his situation. Robert Bayley's novel reminds me in tone of Earth Abides, On the Beach, The Death of Grass, Alas, Babylon and oddly, The Haunting of Hill House. This is a good thing in that I loved these books and there is certainly a way he developed his book that reminds me of this period of fiction writing. He has done amazing job of catching the same type of tone these other novels share and manages to keep the story very fresh.
I took a flyer when I bought this novel and I was stunned what I found. I am hoping he is discovered and ends up being taught in schools. Spring-Clean by Proxy is that good and you heard it here first.
Spring Clean by Proxy is creative and well written. There are many unique twists and turns that always keep you thinking and guessing. The characters big and small are fleshed out and interesting enough for you to care about but not so much that it bogs down the story in minutiae. The writer knows how to keep the story going and delivers a story that you will want to share with others.
It started to slack off at about the 50% mark when the dialog between characters began to flow loquacious. Some of that was me not knowing British English, and some of that was Bayley knowing so exactly who was talking in a particular conversation that he often forgot to tell us.
The last bit of the book made a bold move by staying honed in on its main character. Giving us a strange and demented account of her world because she had been made strange and demented. I lacked the patience to fully appreciate it. Also, the science, which was based on the "one big lie" in the beginning, ended up falling prey to my inverse ratio of suspension of disbelief. And the reason I have trouble forgiving the science is because the harrowing bleakness could have been maintained fairly easily without deliberately countermanding the known.
But... even if you're like me and the inflexible clipboard of reality is always at hand, even when you deliberately set out to suspend your disbelief, the first half of the book is well worth the toll charged to finish it.
Anyway, I am completely out of my comfort zone, but I thought, oh well, it's here now. I'll read it.
I surprisingly enjoyed it! I'm absolutely amazed at myself. Just goes to show.
For me it was whack in places but definitely kept my attention because of it.
Mushrooms have taken on a whole dimension for me!
If I knew the genre before hand I would have steered clear but I guess this has done me a favour. In a strange way.
It has a good story plot, some romance and then comes in the science stuff. Bit like watching one of those outrageous films that are popular like an outbreak of large worms, or gases in the air changing people and they're perception on things.
It has heroines and saviours that come through at the end.
I gave it 4 stars because in a odd and strange unusual way I liked it very much.
I can't believe I'm saying that! Me who reads mostly thrillers!
In a way, it was like a thriller with scientific elements.
The author offered the book to me. I thought I'd read and review it.