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Everything you have heard about the dialog in Elmore Leonard books is true. Just incredible. He also creates great characters and keeps the pace moving. Nothing heavy or really thought-provoking, but good entertainment.

I managed to snag a copy of Chuck Palahniuk’s upcoming book, Tell-All.

First things first, it is short. 175 pages short. Second, I found this to be one of his worst books. In fact, his past three novels have left me sort of cold. His style is unique, but I was never able to engage with the characters or the story.

When I read his recent books, I feel like my mind’s eye is seeing the events through a fog. Or from a distance. It’s an odd feeling that I don’t really like.

I found the only reason I wanted to read them was to see his word-play. He never disappoints in that regard, but without any real emotion in his stories it is hard to get involved with the story and characters.

Max Barry can’t be classified as  a great writer. But he is very entertaining and has unique ideas and subject matter. Should that make him a great writer? Not in the traditional sense, but he is very readable and unique.

That being said, Company is an entertaining book with an interesting plot. The writing isn’t great, but I was engaged throughout. He has found a niche for himself in the literary world and with Company he cements himself there.  I would rank it right in the middle of his three books. Above Jennifer Government but below Syrup.

Check out Max Barry’s website:  http://maxbarry.com/

It has some good posts about many topics.

What struck me most about this novel was how authentic it felt. Great dialog and great use of sea-faring terminology of the era.

The story is pure adventure and taps into every young child’s dream of leaving their humdrum life for mystery and action in exotic locales. It reminded me very much of one of my favorite books of all time: Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling. They don’t make them like that anymore. But if I am wrong, please let me know.

Richard Powers is an author that I love. His books are sometimes a slog, but always brilliant and when they are over I can really appreciate the depth of his stories.

I look back on The Prisoner’s Dilemma fondly, but this one was a little tough to get through. Maybe it was the lack of science.  The worldplay was still dazzling at times, but the story wasn’t as engaging as Galatea 2.2 .


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