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Squid's Grief Paperback – January 14, 2016
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About the Author
DK Mok is a fantasy and science fiction author whose novels include Squid's Grief, Hunt for Valamon, and The Other Tree. DK has been shortlisted for four Aurealis Awards, two Ditmars, and a Washington Science Fiction Association Small Press Award. DK graduated from UNSW with a degree in Psychology, pursuing her interests in both social justice and scientist humour. DK lives in Sydney, Australia, and her favourite fossil deposit is the Burgess Shale. Connect on Twitter @dk_mok or find out more at dkmok.com.
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Squid’s Greif is a fun story that is an easy read. I certainly had no difficulty finishing it. Overall, I found it a bit of a disappointment. The story promised black humour and it was funny up until about the quarter mark. After that it descended into weird analogies which just left me going huh. The plot was drawn into four directions: Squid trying to get a “real” job, Casey trying to solve a murder case, Grief trying to remember who he is and finally the three of them trying to bring down the crime syndicate. I thought that these aspects did not fit together properly so there were scenes that did not seem to have any relevance with the overall story.
The ending was a disappointment. Throughout the book, Grief does his best to court Squid, but when she finally concedes to drive off into the sunset with him, his response is not now I’m busy. Squid and Casey do not make up after their fight even though it’s clear they want to. Squid is not seen as the hero, leaving us without one. Finally, there were lose ends that weren’t tied up properly.
Having said all this, I still think it was a good read and I certainly won’t be abandoning the author.
Squid is loner and a very clever thief who seems to have a name for herself in the city because most of the underworld seems to know who she is. But, she is also a car thief who is trying to go straight and so has rules to try to justify her crimes. She will not steal a car from ordinary people but she will steal cars from criminals. Squid has been taken under the wing of Casey, a policewoman who can see that Squid is struggling to be good and who challenges Squid to give up crime. But, whenever Squid does try to go straight, life seems to push her back to her former ways.
Then things go from bad to worse. To pay off a debt, she is told that she must steal fifteen cars in 24 hours. An impossible task for someone who has rules. Things go her way for a while, but then everything goes badly when Squid discovers a man tied in the trunk of one of the cars she steals. The awkwardly cheerful man has amnesia and can not remember who he is or about his past. Squid reluctantly helps him and he begins to follow her around. Squid gives him the name Grief until he can remember his own name. Reluctantly at first, Squid and Grief work together as Squid tries to go straight despite everything pulling her back in and Grief tries to remember who he is as the city begins to burn from the war between the crime lords.
This is the second book by the author that I have read and it is my favorite of the two. The writing feels more developed in Squid's Grief than the authors' earlier books. The story is fast paced with drama and action into which the author has injected moments of tenderness and funny one-liners. The main characters are continuously developed over the course of the story. In the case of Squid, the reader catches glimpses of her past through memories. We also read about her interactions with other characters in the present and how she struggles to be around people.
I really enjoyed reading Squid's Grief. If you are new to the writing of DK Mok, then this is a great place to start.
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Fascinating characters collide with each other in a believable dystopic near future full of the promise of damnation and redemption. I laughed, I cried, my heart hurt. Absolutely worth your time.
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