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"Loose Baggy Monster",
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This review is from: King of the Badgers (Paperback)
I so much wanted to like this book! And, to an extent, I did: the integration(apart from homophobes like the odious Neighbourhood Watch man) of openly gay characters in the whole,rich community was great to see and well-managed; and there were set pieces of poetic beauty: eg mysterious opening scene on the dark waters, and the Wolf cliffside section.However, I felt there were far too many characters, so that we got rarely developed vignettes(though David, Mauro and, to a degree, Kenyon were quite fully developed characters).Nor did I find the abduction story was as convincingly integrated in the overall compass of the novel. It reminded of Edmund White, but not as emotionally powerful, in its "loose bagginess"; but in White I like that lack of censoring of material and letting it all just be piled in, whereas it didnt quite work as well, in that respect, for me, here.But who am I to say-a massively heroic effort, just by its very execution!