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The Odd Fellows

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Joaquin Moreno and Mark Crowden have an ambiguous relationship because their disputes with each other are undermining their vows of friendship, love, and truth—the three links and the chief tenets of the Odd Fellows, a secret society formed in 1819.

Along with their friend, Theodora, and Joaquin’s dog, Mister Dangerous, these two odd fellows drive to San Felipe, Mexico, to
Paperback, 264 pages
Published December 10th 2013 by Bold Strokes Books
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Angela Oliver
Mar 27, 2014 Angela Oliver rated it liked it
This novel was... interesting. The plot makes it sound like it might be some sort of semi-gothic horrorish novel, but in reality it was more of a tale of friendship, with a touch of courage, and hideous mutant monsters, thrown in.

The characterisation was excellent. All three of the main characters - Joaquin, Mark and Theodora, are each allowed their own chance to narrate, which does mean that the book is divided up into chapters of first person narration, with changing narrators. In some novels
This reads like a quaint, old-fashioned story of exploration and discovery - H. Rider Haggard, Indiana Jones, that type of thing. The story alternates three points-of-view from chapter to chapter; Mark and Theodora's voices are appealingly bitchy, while Joaquin is a placating influence but not quite a doormat. The 'terrifying creature' part of the plot is a little thin and could have used more depth, but the rendering of the friendship between three people who are otherwise quite alone in the ...more
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