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Blueprints of the Afterlife by Ryan Boudinot
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Jan 25, 2012

really liked it

This is a book that's hard to describe without comparing it to other things. Not because it is an imitation or rip-off version of the work of others, but because, while reading it, I had the same exhilarating sense that I have felt while reading the work of other true originals. The shifting narrative viewpoints and jigsaw-puzzle assembly of this post-post apocalyptic world reminded me of the hysterical (in every sense of that word) realism of David Foster Wallace, while its wry humor and acid-drenched heart made me think of Vonnegut. It's a work of startling ambition, and even though some plot threads felt more cut off than wrapped up (a problem quite common in the works of the two above-mentioned writers as well), it really is a novel for our times: funny, scary, shocking, caring, and absolutely bonkers.

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