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4.0 out of 5 stars Special Indeed, 15 Oct. 2006
This review is from: Special Topics in Calamity Physics (Hardcover)
This is a very fresh, bubbling read from a young glamerous author who will go on to do great things. It's really a who-done-it, but the first half of the book contains some wonderfully observed references to literature and the interaction between school kids. Clever and witty, and in places reminding me of Joyce Carol Oates's - 'I'll Take You There'.

The second half tumbles at a hundred miles an hour, deepens in darkness, and after page 300 I just couldn't put it down. The injustices the main character - Blue - receives from her fellow 'bluebloods' is superbly observed and makes you want to scream out.

Minuses; The editors could have done more editing. Just when the storyline speeds up and the 'incident' occurs, we want to be getting to the denoument, but Pessl goes off on a thousand little tangents referring to stories in other works of literature that - frankly - I don't care about. I want to read Pessl's novel, not anyone elses. Also, Too Many Capitalised Words to underline common turns of phrase. It's distracting and ugly.

One more plus; slick old-skool presentation by Viking publishing; a very sexy dust cover on the hardback.
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