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The Devil's Alphabet by Daryl Gregory
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Jan 11, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011, deeply-strange

I went to the library looking for Daryl Gregory's "Pandemonium", which was checked out. But this one was in, and the cover drew me like a magnet. (It's a neat trick with the eyes--wish I'd thought of it.) The story begins like this: Paxton Martin, lately of Chicago, is returning home to the small town of Switchcreek, Tennessee, for the funeral of a childhood friend who has committed suicide. Switchcreek is no ordinary place, however. Fifteen years before, the entire town was infected with what's been called 'Transcription Divergence Syndrome' (TDS) which killed some of the population and turned the rest into monsters: 8 foot grey-skinned 'argos', hairless magenta-skinned 'betas', and 'charlies' who are as wide as they are tall. Paxton is one of a handful that was 'skipped' by the disease, which creates problems of its own. It's a wildly imaginative book, and the author goes into an incredible amount of detail to bring the new people to life. I really enjoyed it, and want to seek out more of his books.
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Reading Progress

January 11, 2011 – Shelved
January 12, 2011 – Started Reading
January 12, 2011 – Shelved as: 2011
January 12, 2011 – Shelved as: deeply-strange
January 12, 2011 –
page 71
18.3% "OMG, is this bizarre."
January 13, 2011 –
page 165
January 14, 2011 –
page 323
January 15, 2011 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Amy (new)

Amy I'm with ant. The cover reminds me of Cassandra on Dr Who!

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