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e Squared by Matt Beaumont
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May 10, 10

bookshelves: comedy, fiction
Recommended to Jamie by: my wife
Read from May 04 to 07, 2010, read count: 1

Sophomore slumps are hard to overcome, because the sequel always has to have more characters than the original, more action than the original, more comedy than the original, more drama than the original... more, more, more! e^2 attempts to conquer this problem 2 ways: 1) by expanding on the email format of the original to now include IMs, text msgs, blogs, and news websites; and 2) not restricting itself to just the professional lives of the characters, but their personal lives as well. It mostly succeeds, but it definitely takes time to ramp up all this "more".

It starts off being not quite as funny as "e" - you're already familiar with about half of the characters, but it is 8 or 9 years later, so there is still a good bit of exposition that has to take place. Additionally, learning about the characters' personal lives is more frustrating than amusing at times - it's humorous to hear about dysfunctional workplaces, but not as fun to hear about dysfunctional families on the verge of divorce.
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Reading Progress

05/06/2010 page 164
32.03% "Not quite as funny as "e" (learning about the characters' personal lives is more frustrating than amusing), but still funny."
05/07/2010 page 289
56.45% "Okay, the book went "meta" and no longer requires the Frnech-English dictionary. Insane..."

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