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Immortal by Gene Doucette
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Immortal is not, perhaps, what one might expect from a novel focusing on a being incapable of death by natural causes. Doucette's writing is fresh, original, and riddled with dry humour. Adam, the frank and somewhat cynical immortal man, does not begin his story with the overdone "first I fell in a vat of radioactive material", but instead asserts that he has, perhaps, been around since the beginning of time; admits that he cannot remember back past a certain point; and assures the reader that he does not possess super powers and is most likely capable of being killed. Indeed, Adam is not too different from the average person - some side-effects of immortality excluded (a poor sense of time, odd social skills, and a great love of alcohol).
While Immortal includes a variety of sub-human species in addition to its immortal narrator, the fantasy aspect ends there. The events occurring within its pages are otherwise not implausible and are set in the ever-relatable present-day world. All Doucette's characters, including minor side-characters, are well-developed and realistic. Adam's story is a page-turner, alternating between detailing the events leading to his present state (as introduced at the beginning of the book) and going off on brief tangents that prove both humourous and informative. In the end, the story ties up nicely, though it may be the sort of novel that requires a second read for some to catch all the details.
Immortal is not a book for children or the easily-offended. While the writing is neither gory nor X-rated, there is some definite crude humour. The character "Jerry" is, himself, a crude joke which might better have been left out of the story, serving only to aid in its realism.
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Reading Progress

November 16, 2010 – Shelved
December 25, 2010 – Started Reading
December 31, 2010 – Finished Reading

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