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5.0 out of 5 stars Not a book to be overlooked, 22 Feb. 2009
This review is from: PopCo (Paperback)
I'm beginning to think I've really found a kindred spirit in Scarlett Thomas. First, I was mesmerised by The End of Mr. Y, loving the myriad of subjects she touched on, before searching out 'Going Out', a book with a very differnt style, set in the heart of South Essex, with the most non-stereotypical characters I've read about in a novel...

...then comes 'Popco', a cross between Simon Singh and Douglas Coupland. Popco is a book of many facets. It is a sharp critique of mass commercialisation and underhanded advertising, a study of cryptography and code-breaking, interspersed with several very likeable and off-beat characters. Even the format of the novel, which throws in a crossword (and thankfully, the solution to the heroine's treasure hunt), is well-thought out.

It does frustrate me that Thomas is being lumped in with the overblown & overhyped (such as Kate Mosse), or the 'chick-lit' novelists. For what it's worth, anyone who dismisses a novel because the writer is female, and the cover looks a bit wishy-washy, are going to miss out on what is a wry, intriguing, and thought-provoking novel.
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Initial post: 17 Jun 2012 17:29:52 BDT
Totally agree about this author and Popco and The End of Mr Why but didn't like at all the Devon who-dun-its!
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