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An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England by Brock Clarke
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Jan 03, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: 2009
Read in March, 2009

I didn't care for Arsonist for the same reason I don't like Christopher Moore or Jasper Fforde: its just too clever for its own good. When snarky narrators are aware they are narrating stories, they come off as smug and loathesome. If the author intends the narrator to be smug and loathesome on top of being aware of the character's narratorship, its just overkill.

That said there were some great one-liners in this book. I will pick up Brock Clarke's next book because I think he can tell a story. He just needs to pick a better device. And for me, create a likable loathesome character.

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Jill I listened to it and the narrator sounded soulless. It was an odd voice.

Leigh ITA with your assessment of the narrator of this book. I couldn't stand him until the very end of the book. It's a good thing I'm not someone who abandons books once I've started them; otherwise, I think Sam would have annoyed me so much I wouldn't have even finished the novel. I wish there were a 2 1/2 star rating.

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