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384 pages, Hardcover
First published October 6, 2015
"So, here is how this is going to go. I'm going to bite you eight times. Those bites will sever eight tendons, and they will render your legs and arms both inoperable. Then, over the course of days and weeks, I will slowly, and completely at random-"She might not be in total control of her fate, but that doesn't mean she will go down without a fight. Throughout the story we see time and again a resolve in Zoey that she didn't even know she had.
Zoey crossed her arms.
"No. I'm not doing this. I'm not running and screaming, I'm not letting you put on a slasher movie chase for your creeper fans...I'm not giving you a show. I'm sick of it... I've done nothing but run for the last eight hours. I'm done with that. I don't run anymore...
"You've got quite a mouth on you. And I'm going to cut out that tongue and eat it in front of you. Bu first I'm going to-"
"No. You don't get to monologue for you audience. You're not cool, you're not menacing."
"I don't think you're in any position to tell me what-"
"LA LA LA LA LA NOBODY CAN HEAR YOU! LA LA LA!"
"Oh, so you're still trying to fight this guy. Got it. You have any special requests for me when I process your corpse tomorrow? And don't ask us not to make fun of your dick, because we do that with every body that comes through, it's how we cope."Here is this overworked, cynical policeman from an understaffed department hearing that some of his acquaintances are taking on the equivalent of a suicide mission and his response, in my mind, is pitch perfect.
Zoey let [her cat] out if his crate. He prowled the area around her bench, hoping to find a bird to eat. He wasn't much of a hunter, so when he saw no birds had died of natural causes within five feet of the bench, he just gave up and lay down in the dirt.His dialogue is great, the way he describes Tabla Ra$a shows great vision, and he avoids any mid-book plot dragging.
“Zoey didn’t want to be paranoid, but there was something about the man in the loincloth made of charred doll heads that made her nervous.”You'll probably think the rest of the book is great.
“I want no part of this nonsense. This whole city is a butt that farts horror.”
“She thanked the toilet, but it did not respond. That was good—if she started to think of it as a sentient being, it would probably be much harder to poop in its mouth.”