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Bones of the Moon by Jonathan Carroll
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Feb 11, 2012

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** spoiler alert ** This was a strange book and I'm not entirely sure I enjoyed it, though I did finish it since I wasn't quite sure how it was going to end. I found the dream world to be interesting, even though the storyline there was rather trite. I did NOT like the main character at all, though. I was totally unsympathetic to her situation since she lies to her oh-so-wonderful husband pretty much through the entire book. I thought the "gay best friend" was such a stereotype that I found myself rolling my eyes almost every time he appeared in the story. And, most of all, I was put off by the "this is the child I killed" take. (Though it *is* rather appropriate that I happened to read this right now when my state (Virginia) just passed a bill declaring that life starts when the egg is fertilized and, therefore, human rights apply to the "person" from that moment forward.) Even though the character "still thinks abortion is okay for other women", it felt like someone jumping up and down on one of my hot buttons. I was also irked that Cullen calls a waitress a "cretin" for not glancing at her baby in a coffee shop. (OMG, the nerve of a busy waitress to ignore an infant!) I also felt the story ramped up and up and up and then got bundled up in a tight, fast, bundle in an entirely unbelievable way, even for a fantasy-esque novel. Teenaged axe murderer escapes the institution he's in? I *SO* don't think so.

All that being said, I did find Carroll to be a very fluid writer. I read the book quickly and enjoyed the story-telling aspect of it. I also appreciate that he leaves a fair amount up to the imagination in a lot of ways. So even though this particular story sat with me a little funny, I think I'd like to try something else by him.
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Xanthi Oh, boy. I have had this one sitting on MT TBR for a while now. *guilty face*

Emily Whetstone I had the same reaction to Eliot that you did, until I remembered when this was written. I promise you, in 1987 the "gay best friend" was the very farthest thing from a cliche. In context, at that point in history, the character is almost revolutionary.

Laura That is an excellent point; I hadn't taken the date into consideration at all! Thanks for bringing that to my attention.

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