The Dewey Decimal System
After a flu pandemic, a large-scale terrorist attack, and the total collapse of Wall Street, New York City is reduced to a shadow of its former self. As the city struggles to dig itself out of the wreckage, a nameless, obsessive-compulsive veteran with a spotty memory, a love for literature, and a strong if complex moral code (that doesn’t preclude acts of extreme
I know, I know, you haven't been seeing very many reviews this year from our buddies at Akashic Books, which is because they simply haven't been sending very many books this year; and that's a shame, because it seems like every time I pick a new one up by them, at the very least it's still okay but much ...more
I really wanted to like it. The formula should have worked - library references, post-apocalyptic new york, hard boiled detective.
The character, who suffers from OCD among other things, needs to remind us constantly of his ailments. It is too bad someone so obsessive about touching his key can't use pronouns in his sentences. The entire book feels choppy and disconnected, largely ...more
Firstly, this book is a short 250-page read. It’s also physically, artfully designed. Despite being a trade paperback, it has uncut, sometimes known as “deckle edged” pages. (I’d never seen ...more
As I was reading, I was struck continually with the idea that this reminded me of something similar from a while ago.
With a weird and wacky narrator, with punches of violence and very dark humor, it finally hit me that I was reading a retelling of "The Ethical Assassin" -- with a post-pandemic, dystopian twist -- but set in NYC.
It's definitely not for ...more
There seem to be a lot of dystopian novels set in New York post-9/11 out there, but I really enjoyed this one. In addition to being set post-9/11 (which is never referred to directly, sort of like Jess Walters' The Zero--the only hint of it is the Freedom Tower in lower Manhattan), it's also set post-2/14, though we never learn what *exactly* happened on 2/14 beyond a whole lot of destruction.
Dewey is a dark and mentally-unstable but wholly sympathetic and likable character. (I told ...more
Nathan has written this book in a way that made it really fun for me to read. It was as if Dewey and I were in a room and he was telling me what was happening as it was happening. Sentences were cut off, thoughts were "at the moment" thoughts and the action was ...more
I had major questions from the start, though, when Dewey Decimal (supposedly this efficient hitman) makes a series of juvenile errors. And continues to make them. I didn't want a flawless protagonist, and he certainly still had plenty of other issues--the guy is severely OCD, like Detective Monk ...more
Set in a post 9/11 and post 2/14 world, Dewey Decimal is a maniacal character who suffers from OCD, happens to be a hit man and is certainly one of the oddest characters I've come across in a while.
In some ways, I get the hard boiled crime fiction tags thrown at this book, but this honestly read more ...more
In "The Dewey Decimal System", Larson creates an instantly engaging survivor as a protagonist, and a compelling city in ruins around him. Larson's staccato, fragmented style makes this a quick and ...more
The Main character Dewey describes himself as mix racial. Has OCD and mix memories, suspecting the government has something to do with it. He set up shop in the New York public library and it his mission to short all the books. The story doesn ...more
Our protagonist in this dystopian post-terror-attack NYC is of mixed race and has OCD (two bonus points for that). He therefore works in a library resorting all the books according to the Dewey Decimal System (another bonus point). But when he is hired to assassinate somebody due to his forgotten soldier-past which includes possible PTSD, possible darker stuff, things spiral out of his control and his carefully arranged system quickly.
This is a dark and gritty novel, ...more
Our protagonist: Dewey Decimal. So named because he plans to spend the rest of his days re-organizing the books in the New York Public Library. He gets his supplies from the DA, a recoil-inducing opportunist who sends Decimal out to get rid of inconvenient ...more
After a flu pandemic, a large-scale terrorist attack, and the total collapse of Wall Street, New York City is reduced to a shadow of its former self. As the city struggles to dig itself out of the wreckage, a nameless, obsessive-compulsive veteran with a spotty memory, a love for literature, and a strong if complex moral code (that doesn't preclude acts of extreme violence) has taken up residence at the main branch of the New York Public Library on 42nd ...more