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The Somnambulist by Jonathan  Barnes
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Jan 26, 08

bookshelves: horror, mystery, sf-fantasy-and-other-dorky-shit
Read in January, 2008

I think this book may be really worth five stars, and there was a moment about thirty pages to the end where I thought, this is a five star book. Something about the end though brought it back to a four.
This is what escapist fiction should be. It's fun, it's interesting, the plot twists and keeps you guessing, and it's all done with a relative ease that doesn't make the even the most remarkable seem contrived. Sadly though most escapist (I mean non-serious literature, or fun books, or shall I say popular? I don't know what word would work best here without sounding too much like the snob that I really am, how about airport-ish books? Travel novels? I don't know), doesn't stand up to this kind of book. This is so much better than say the Dante Club, which was pretty good for the kind of book it was. I mean this all positively. Too many times when I find something really fun to read I have to overlook the awful prose, and just allow myself to get lost in the story with certain blinders on. This book though is a great story, great non-obtrusive writing, and with so many dips into the grotesque that it kept me turning the pages as fast as I could.
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