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Gold by Chris Cleave
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After achieving massive success with his debut novel Hourglass Lives, Chris Cleave returns with Gold; a collection of his early short works. Diverse in subject matter and genre, the stories despite their length (All but one are under 20 pages.), manage to ensnare and delight just as well as Cleave's longer work. A few highlights include Clichefinder.com in which a programmer designs a search engine to root out clichés, vowing to eliminate them from his vocal repertoire, and finds himself stripped of three quarters of his vocabulary, Billy's Bullet which features a Touretter mail carrier turned dance instructor attempting to solve a film school homicide, and Travis Caught A Mullet; the tale of a rapidly deteriorating former thespian who longs to reassemble his former troupe for one last scene. This collection, while only whetting the appetites of those foaming at the mouth for Cleave's next novel, manages to shift his meticulous prose into an even more provocative direction than his highly revered debut. With Gold, Chris Cleave takes another massive step towards establishing himself as one of the most important voices in modern literature.
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buppyspek I'm confused. Gold is a novel, not a collection of stories. Mayhaps you put this review under the wrong book?


Justin buppyspek wrote: "I'm confused. Gold is a novel, not a collection of stories. Mayhaps you put this review under the wrong book?" Well certainly a work as complex as Gold is left open to interpretation. Maybe you should expand your mind man.


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