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Choke on Your Lies by Anthony Neil Smith
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Mar 11, 2012

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I'm not sure what to call this genre. "Revenge porn" seems fitting, though "schadenfreude" is probably more appropriate. A story about a man done wrong, giving those that caused him harm their sweet comeuppance. Well, sort of. This is a textbook example of the Chuck Wendig philosophy of "tease the readers with what they want and then deny them" philosophy.

I'm not entirely sure how I feel about the story. Much of it is unrealistic, including pretty much everything about one of the main characters who is unnaturally brilliant, insightful and manipulative. And yet it was very entertaining and I'm glad I read it: I plowed through the last 40% in one sitting. The endings to both sections of the book left me feeling unsatisfied, but I think that was by design. I'm not supposed to feel happy or sad or fulfilled: I'm supposed to be slightly frustrated and go on living my life.

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