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Glass Soup by Jonathan Carroll
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I LOVE Carroll's novels - for me, they are some of the most enjoyable reads I have done. Yet this one, which picks up from the better 'White Apples,' seems to "run out of steam."

Still, it is full of everything I love about a Johnathan Carroll novel: fantastic settings/concepts grounded in an everyday kind of reality, and vibrant characters. To read a Carroll novel is to enter a skewed version of the world we know, yet it never feels over-explained. Instead, Carroll lets his concepts unfold, along with the characters. And, no matter how far-out the circumstances they find themselves in, Carroll's characters remain stubbornly, refreshingly real: they make mistakes, nurse their own eccentricities, cannot explain their own feelings (especially their love/passion), and are both brave and fearful. In short, they are the kind of 'people' you want to know.
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