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The Ballad of a Slow Poisoner by Andrew Goldfarb
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Dec 01, 2007

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bookshelves: small-press
Read in December, 2007

Bizarre. That's the actual sub-genre of small press that this book belongs in. Just to give you a taste of the book, the main character is Millford Mutterwurst, and his two companions are Slub Glub and a translucent monkey. The book is 128 pages and 80 chapters. Each chapter, obviously, is about a page long, and some of the chapters are poetry or songs.

At first, the bizarreness of the book was appealing. The short chapters (often just one quick paragraph) really lent the book an interesting feel. But as the book progressed it became a bit tiring. I would say that the first third of the book is by far the best. Then I just finished reading it because the book was so short and I wanted to get a full, honest opinion of the entire book.

I think the book deserves 2.5 stars, but I rounded up because it was unique and a small press book. If anyone is interested in borrowing it, let me know.

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