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e. by Matt Beaumont
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May 05, 10

bookshelves: comedy, fiction, computer
Recommended to Jamie by: my wife
Recommended for: anyone who has worked in an office and used email
Read from April 13 to 17, 2010, read count: 1

Clever little book, using the time-honored tradition of epistles as the method of moving the narrative forward. However, in this book, the epistolary form has been updated to the 21st century to great comedic effect. As such, the time lines are greatly shortened, and since the pace is so quick (and much of each email is the header), it is a very fast read.

The most curious thing about this story is not just the storytelling-by-email, but the fact that there are few (if any) characters that you want to see come to a happy ending. Every person in the book has such glaring character flaws that you could care less if each of them met with a horrible accident or even death - in fact, it would add to the hilarity. In spite of this, you can't wait to read what happens next. The book essentially puts you in the role of a voyeur who is curious about the characters without caring one bit for their well-being or success.

There are a few "British-isms" that may be confusing to American readers, but this provides even better (and more hilarious) contrast when the non-British characters jump into the fray (especially the head of the Finnish division).
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