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By A Customer
This review is from: Transmission (Hardcover)
I really wanted to like this book - I really enjoyed Kunzru's very accomplished debut novel and the idea of exploring the dramatic potential of computer viruses is a very interesting one. Transmission is extremely good in parts but the novel as a whole is unsteady. I think he has succumbed to trying to manage too many locations and characters and consequently the novel as a whole becomes shaky. It's still worth reading, but it just is not quite engaging enough. It's a shame as there are some lovely moments. I agree with the reviewer who comments about the packaging which leads you to expect a more lyrical, misty novel than this which is full of spiky edges. I know it's a cliche, but Transmission does feel a bit of a victim of 2nd novel syndrome. I hope that the publishing industry is kind enough to Kunzru to forgive him this book and give him space to grow, because he has the scope to become a really good novelist indeed. Next time maybe.