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The Dead Do Not Improve by Jay Caspian Kang
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Sep 02, 2012

it was ok
Read in September, 2012

I was intrigued by the title and the cover, plus I like to keep up on current fiction. This book was sort of a mized bag, interesting and occasionally very well written, revealing the author's considerable talent for prose, but at the same time somehow unengaging and hollow. There was something about this book, something too trendy, too self aware, too stylized, too convoluted as the plot progressed to really let it shine. Most characters, except for the surfing detective, were just a bit too annoying to really care about. The real strengths of these books were in the writing, very beggining and very end. The middle dragged, hopped and skipped and looped and overcomplicated itself. Decent first effort, shows some promise.
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