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American Elsewhere

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2013

    I know the flap copy calls this book a Twilight Zone, but I thou

    I know the flap copy calls this book a Twilight Zone, but I thought it was definitely more of an Outer Limits. There was no true overarching moral to the story, no zealous-yet-sober narration, and I couldn't hear Rod Sterling once while reading. The setup is engaging and the ending is worth it, but those middle 400 pages or so...whew.




    Half the characters have a distinct voice when they are speaking, but where the writer loses me is when he's narrating as a 16-year-old boy rather than an omniscient narrator or the main character. The voice sounds not like a voice that lives in your head with your own distinct attitude, or in this case, the distinct attitude of a teenage guy, but the voice of a puppeteer who is moving the strings of a teenage boy. I'll admit, it was only once, but it was a doozy and quite enough to yank me out of the pages long enough to start examining the stage craft rather than enjoying the story.




    However, I will be picking up another book by this author so I gave American Elsewhere 4 stars because even though the middle bit threw me, it wasn't enough to make me put it down and the ending was a fantastic pay-off. I would compare this just a tiny bit to American Gods or a similar multi-character cast with omniscient narrator who describes wonderfully creepy and at times, downright gory, vignettes that serve to create a wild picture of aliens and gods and what small town America could have been but never quite was.

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  • Posted April 9, 2013

    Read it in one day.Couldn't put it down

    This book is as good as his other books Troupe and Company Men.I started reading it and couldn't stop turning the pages.I don't mention any parts of the story specifically as that would spoil reading the book.I can't wait for his next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    Amazing

    Fantastic read from Bennett. I was sorry to see it end. Very reminiscent of American Gods. Bennett is an underrated talent.

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