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Busy Monsters by William Giraldi
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Dec 21, 2011

really liked it
Read in December, 2011

It's fair to assume that William Giraldi loves the sound of his own writing, and why not? The comparisons and physical and emotional descriptions are apt, precise and often unexpected. Whimsy nestles cheeky-to-cheeky with profundity, on the loveseat of comic absurdity, giving a reach-around to self-referential meta narrative. Busy Monsters is monstrously busy, joyously so, for about two-thirds of its lurch, but peters and plods toward an end that is more poof than pow. That deflation showing up where a climax was anticipated might be more the fault of the world than the author; still, there's no law that says a monster could not have reared up and finished off this book on a note that could restore the true meaning to both awesome and badass.

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