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The Great Night by Chris Adrian
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Feb 16, 2012

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Read from February 10 to 13, 2012

Chris Adrian is a breathtakingly good wordsmith, but I think his needlessly complex narratives get away from him. The premise is great: a grief-deranged fairy god unleashes a deeply malevolent force, trapping a group of not-particularly-stable mortals with them in a contemporary San Francisco park. Too bad he ends up juggling too many characters, back stories, and side plots to keep the whole thing glued together. When it works, it's wonderful, but most of the time it doesn't.

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