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3.0 out of 5 stars If only the manatee had more MEAT!, 21 Jun 2008
This review is from: Naked Came the Manatee (Paperback)
Thirteen different authors? A plot involving Fidel Castro? One of the hottest cities in the world, Miami, as its setting? And one of my favorites of all the world's creatures, a manatee, being one of the focal points of the story line?
Well, all the above, unfortunately did not do it for me. Perhaps, "too many cooks in the kitchen" produced a soufflé with varying degrees of success. I suppose the distinctive styles of the different writers appealed to some, but I found it a wee bit disconcerting. There were some "hits" but more "misses" in this slightly amusing tale.

Honestly, I read this book based solely on the fact that I enjoy the writing of Tananarive Due. While her contribution is as evenly important as the other twelve writers, I don't think this is a good example of the strengths that draw me to her in her singular compositions.

In contrast, Evelyn Mayerson's contribution (Chapter 7: The Lock and Key) is wonderfully sarcastic and very amusing. With references to Jimmy Carter ("Senor Peanut"), O.J. lawyer Barry Scheck and an inference that actress Kim Nova had a mustache, thus indicating her likely Cuban "roots", the author adds more absurdity to the already strange happenings of previous (and subsequent) chapters.

I will, most definitely, be seeking out titles authored by her.

If only she had done the entire book, I could've rated it higher.
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