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A Serpent Uncoiled by Si Spurrier
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May 19, 12

Read from May 11 to 19, 2012

It's been ages since I read crime fiction, the previous books having been from James Ellroy, and compared to that stuff Simon Spurrier's A Serpent Uncoiled is a wholly different kind of animal. In the beginning it looks like the novel flirts with the "supernatural badass male protagonist" books in the vein of Kadrey's stuff, so I got tuned in to certain pulpy & gimmicky over the top experience. The novel never went there, though, turning out to be a solid piece of visceral crime fiction with all the requisite criminal masterminds, hot chicks, badass friends and plot twists, sprinkled with a hefty dose of weird-yet-quite-not-supernatural. I think the word "solid" is what describes A Serpent Uncoiled the best: it does what it does well, twisting every trope of the genre just enough that it feels original.

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