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Zoology by Ben Dolnick
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Jun 28, 2008

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I read this book only because the guy that wrote it is only a year older than I am. I had pretty low expectations, and there really was nothing about it that I would call remarkable. Obviously Dolnick has had the luxury of living in New York City. He has also had the luxury of going to Columbia. Those two things in and of themselves do not qualify him as a writer, but there is probably no use in telling that to him.

I found most of the characters flat and uninteresting. I thought the plot was tragically underdeveloped. The writing wasn't bad, but some of the similes were way to obvious and very out of place at times. The plot really went nowhere. I really wasn't interested in the narrator all that much. I didn't really feel all that bad for him or his situation.

I wouldn't say it was a bad book. I wasn't blow away by any stretch of the imagination, but somebody thought that this thing was good enough to publish. At least that's worth something.
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