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Sewer, Gas and Electric by Matt Ruff
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May 13, 09

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Read in May, 2009

The last sentences of this book in the acknowledgments are:
"Thanks also to the New York Times, newspaper of record, for confirming that even in a rational universe, 'far-fetched' is a relative term. In an article dated February 10, 1935, the Times recounts the story of a group of teenagers who found a seven-and-a-half-foot alligator in a Harlem sewer, dragged it up onto the street, and beat it to death with shovels. Public works officials have since denied the existence of any reptile larger than a turtle in the New York underground, but we know the truth."

This is a good book. It reads like a bizarro novel. Ruff doesn't spend too much time telling us all about this amazing new world of his, instead he give a story and treats us like we should understand the world because it is the God damn world after all. He talks about the "future as it existed in" thereby allowing us to place the book within our lifetime.

The book opens with a guy from maine who's city experience was Bangor, which made me smile.

The one issue which I had with the other Ruff book as well is a slight inability to keep all of the people straight. Even when all the people aren't in the same head. Ruff creates so many characters that at least for me even after over 400 pages I am not positive on how clear I am on who all the characters were.

There also seemed to be a few characters just hanging around for comic relief, not that it was a problem.
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Reading Progress

05/11/2009 page 114
24.57% "This book is weirdly bizarro in the sense that nothing makes any sense but it doesn't particularly matter. also I keep forgetting things."

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