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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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