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The Rook by Daniel O'Malley
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Jul 21, 12

Imagine that the Ministry of Magic is run on the sly by Monty Python and employs boatloads of superheroes too mutant even for X-men, all for the purpose of protecting the clueless populace of the British Isles from daily incursions of nasty supernatural evilness. If you’re thinking that accepting a story based on this scenario would require awe-inspiring suspensions of disbelief, you would be right – but don’t let that deter you from taking on this highly enjoyable and often laugh-out-loud funny book, that reads like a graphic novel without the graphics. A good part of the appeal derives from the delightfully geeky yet plucky heroine, who regularly sheds her awkwardness in order to kick posteriors at the most opportune moments. The real entertainment comes, however, in the author’s ability to keep his tongue placed firmly and good-naturedly in his cheek throughout the entire narrative (even when the good guys are being decimated in grotesque ways by the bad). This is a first novel and contains a few false starts and unnecessary additions to the plot, but these are minor quibbles. If you’re looking for something fun and imaginative to get you through the remaining dog days of summer, give this one a try.
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