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304 pages, Hardcover
First published January 1, 2008
All fake, all the time with only the short and far-too-rare intervals of razor-sharp reality to look forward to--and I was passing all this on to Cody, that small and damaged creature who stood up there so stiffly, watching with such intense focus for a hint of belonging that would never come.
One thing that really irritated me, and made me bump the rating down one whole star, was Dexter's incessant need to criticize common idioms. I love how Dexter observes humanity as an outsider, which makes for a unique perspective. HOWEVER, Dexter is (usually) quite smart, and he should be able to understand some of these expressions. One time he comments on the expression "It's just a flesh wound", saying that all wounds are flesh wounds. Yes, Dexter, but not all wounds are just flesh wounds. You wouldn't say that to someone who just got shot in the brain.
Another phrase he critiqued was "first things first". He said that first things always come first, so the expression is meaningless. That resulted in me doing a literal face palm. *Sigh*. You don't have to try to be clever all the time, Dexter, because sometimes you just come across as stupid.
This brings me to my final criticism. Dexter wasn't particularly bright in this book, and he made quite a few mistakes that had me cringing. I totally understand why he . But towards the end of the book, he was pretty slow on the uptake, which the author cleverly attributed to the possibility that he had a concussion. That's one way to explain away uncharacteristic bouts of stupidity.
Now, for some praise. I absolutely loved how Dexter skirted around real human emotion in this book. The way he considers that he might lose someone he kinda sorta cares about was really fascinating. I think that Lindsay spent a lot of time choosing his words carefully here, and it made for an interesting read.