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Darkmans by Nicola Barker
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This was an intriguing but ultimately baffling book. A small group of disparate but interconnected people in a small town in England all seem, to varying degrees, to be obsessed or even possessed by the medieval past, and in particular a jester named John Scogin (presumably the "Darkmans" of the title). This part of the book is puzzling and spooky/weird and even unnecessary, as these folks are interesting enough without the supernatural/psychological weirdness. It took a while to get used to the style of the book, in which thoughts (which usually consist of "uh..", "huh?", "f**k!" and so on) are set apart in italics from the main action. I remained somewhat annoyed by this throughout the book. Otherwise, this was an often hilarious and compelling read - although the ending, while not exactly anticlimactic, left many unanswered questions.
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