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The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
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Sep 02, 2008

did not like it

Grabbed this book up from the library anxious to get on with what was apparently sold for over a million by the author. Shucks. The calculus must be (always has been?) about profit, not story. Is this too harsh? Read the book. ALL first person, which is sort of ok, except this author is in and outside his own story, at times tracking it from an objective viewpoint, and at other times overly-descriptive and precise about what-we-do-not-know. The book sort of clumsily cuts between vignettes of previous experiences/lives and the present state. The worst part is that the author maintains a false objectivity toward his main character, so that we never really get inside of her head or understood her. She stayed flat, if eccentric. As did he. I never really accepted his own descriptions of himself; they just didn't become part of his history (his porn job particularly, and all his self-absorption). I mean, hey, CUT the part about your parents as meth-heads. What purpose did that serve? And what about the ending? "What if this was true?" he asks. Wow, well, then, it should have been 200 pages shorter.
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Christopher Hill After reading most of the opinions of this book,good or bad, I suspect like me, they all wished they'd wrote it.

Cindy I so agree with this review. Never could really care about either main character they never developed into complete people. The book did serve some interesting history tidbits but at the same time left out the present day effects the characters' own history played in shaping their personalities.

Karla Prendiz I am planning to read this book, and i am hoping you did not ruin the ending for me with that last quote you added.... Seriously dude!?!

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