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Dearly Devoted Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
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Dec 26, 2011

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bookshelves: tv-and-movies, books-read-in-2011, detective-stories, books-read-in-2012
Read from December 27 to 28, 2011

After straying from the chronology of the first book in the first season, any subsequent Dexter books must be taken as an alternate reality timeline.

The printed Dexter is more mystical, darker and and more insane than the video Dexter and more addicted to alliteration and bad jokes. However, if the reader can get past that, these books do have a certain appeal. It's a look inside an irregular mind, and sometimes one can gain a fresh perception of things only by stepping outside the normal perspective.

In some ways the violence in the book was more graphic, or at least more terrible than that in the series and yet what bothered me the most was Dexter's recognizing the darkness in Rita's children, and his fantasy of nurturing it. I believe that most kids have the capacity to perform dark acts in unthinking moments but that with proper guidance a healthy sense of society's restrictions can be instilled. Where one draws the line between good and evil and right and wrong has always been problematic and somethimes a sense of shame can be healthy.

Dexter often professes that he doesn't feel "human" emotions but that's not entirely true. He does lack some moral constraints that most of us have and there are other "human" qualities that he seems baffled by, but what makes Dexter the kind of monster that we enjoy reading about is that he is human no matter how much he protests that fact.

If you like the series and can tolerate an alternative reality then you'll probably enjoy this book.
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12/27/2011 page 120
41.0% "Having seen all of the seasons on SHO it's interesting to see how the books went. There are some parallels and the series is far better but there is still some merit in reading the books if one can treat them as a separate alternate reality."

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