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The Singer's Gun by Emily St. John Mandel
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Jun 09, 2010

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You know, I get it. I can see the intrigue that so many people have had with this book. There are pages of reviews that are blaringly positive about The Singer’s Gun. I understand where they are all coming from. However, I personally was not completely drawn to the book. I will say that it would make for a great movie. The book does a lot of jumping from past to present and back again in an effort to help the reader to understand the exact “what happened” behind each event. I actually kind of liked that about the book, because I didn’t have to go back in the story to find out what I missed that led to this scene (yes, I’m one of those readers).

Emily St. John Mandel is clearly a gifted writer. Her attention to detail and portrayal of characters (both good and bad) are flawless. I just wasn’t drawn to Anton as a main character. He seemed so weak and sheepish throughout the entire story. Even in his flashbacks to his days selling illegal passports he was still a big old wimp…calling on Aria if the situation seemed a bit “off.” I think I might have enjoyed it more if the man had a spine.

The point here is this…The Singer’s Gun is a good book. It’s a great story with an interesting background and some really cool characters. Just don’t expect anything spectacular out of the main character, Anton Waker. You will be disappointed.

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