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Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
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Dec 21, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: 2011-books
Read from December 21 to 26, 2011

Well I have to be honest - this book was chosen by our book club and I did not vote for it. However I always try to read the books as I joined the club in order to be exposed to a variety of different books. This one however did not really impress me. I found it very slow going, with very little actually happening until the final few chapters. I found it difficult to relate to the characters, and really only felt that I got to know Ava throughout the book. There was no explanation for Ossie's strange behaviour, and I was left wondering who Louis Thanksgiving really was-- a ghost, imagination, a mainland boy, the Birdman??? Kiwi contributed little to the story in my opinion, and really what was the point of The World of Darkness? Contrast I suppose, but never truly felt it. As for the Chief, he truly was a non character, although I believe he could have added a lot to the adventures. A potentially good idea, but it really did not amount to anything for me. Oh ya, what happened to poor red Seth??

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