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Things We Didn't See Coming by Steven Amsterdam
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Jun 02, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: yuckybooks-book-club
Read from May 29 to 31, 2010

This book was like sitting down at an unfamiliar restaurant, ordering that interesting, novel dish and upon taking the first bite realizing the house burger and fries would have been a more satisfying choice.

I liked the multiple short stories snapshot format and the alternate history slant. The 3rd and 4th chapters - Dry Land and Cake Walk - were good. The problem is the chapters/short stories don’t add-up to much nor do they stand on their own; the narrative is not very engaging and the cast of characters are a little more than caricatures. The only aspect of the story that kept me reading was the dystopian-sci-fi angle and even that fell flat. The two stars are for chapters 3 & 4.

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