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The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death

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  • Posted December 21, 2009

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    Erasing All Signs Of Readability?

    My kudos to those who could finish this book. The writing style totally aggravated me. Really, why bother if the reader can't read it? I gave it three stars just because I didn't finish it- perhaps I missed the part where it got better.

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  • Posted November 8, 2009

    STUD!

    Simply stated - - - one of the best books that I've ever read!!! Charlie Huston is an unrecognized literary genius. You must give this read some time, it does start out a little slow, but gains momentum all the way through.

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  • Posted March 21, 2009

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    Very Difficult Writing Style

    I enjoyed the first hundred pages or so of this book and then the writing style just got too unmanageable for me to enjoy the rest of the book. Web is a deadbeat roommate who is told by his roommate to get a job to pay him back for a broken phone. Web starts working for a "clean-up" service that cleans premises after someone dies at those premises. He works with an unsavory character named Gabe. It was pretty interesting at this point and we get to meet Web's mysterious father enters the scene with advice to read a good book starting with Anna Karenina. Then the book starts to lose it. A woman named Soledad who Web joked with while cleaning the remains of her father, calls him up and gets him involved in something shady. Also, his partner Gabe starts forcing Web to do illegal activities. This is the point where the plot got annoying and the writing style just got to me. It took immense concentration and the need to re-read sections to figure out who is talking and what is happening.

    The author uses a "hyphen" method to quote someone talking without letting you know who is talking and does not really differentiate narrative from character thoughts. This really made it quite difficult to give the book higher marks.

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