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Bad Ronald by Jack Vance
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Oct 16, 2012

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Read from August 30 to October 16, 2012

Just want to put it out there that this book is now available as an inexpensive download for Kindle on Amazon... as are all of Vance's other works. It was the allure of the $75 print copy that made me download it.

As others have said, the writing is very, very dry. Vance does a great job of handling the insider/outsider perspective right up to the very end - there was no mention of Ronald's point of view in the last ten or so pages, making what could have been excellent rising tension rather anticlimactic.

In any regard, it was well worth a read, if only for the antiquated phrases and the empathy placed upon this creepy teenager. I almost felt bad for poor Ronald, er, I mean... Bad Ronald.

The story has great continuity, and Vance handles the close details of Ronald's existence well. I would have liked more showing in the final scenes, though - especially the one leading right up to the ending (!).

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13.0% "First chapter was innocuous enough. Second chapter was like holy crap!"
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