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e. by Matt Beaumont
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Jan 04, 2010

did not like it
bookshelves: 2010, hpl
Read in January, 2010

I always intended to read this: the first e(mail)pistolary novel I had seen. I recently read the sequel for Amazon Vine and found it enjoyable enough. So, I thought I would go back and read the original. I was really disappointed. This novel is tedious and painfully unfunny; I had to force myself to finish it. The characters are paper thin and mostly indistinguishable. The plot is absolutely ridiculous (which is true in the sequel as well but other factors make up for this failing). The e-mail premise is forced with people writing things in e-mail that they never would in reality so that the author can fill out details in his silly story. Had I read this first, I would have never opted to read the sequel. The good news is that the author has improved greatly in the decade since writing this and the new novel is actually somewhat enjoyable.

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Nicole Which one is the sequel: e^2 or The E Before Christmas? I'm not done with this one yet, I've read 200 and something pages and it seems like the story takes a while to develop. I kept pushing myself to keep on reading since I had been waiting a couple of months to read it.

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