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not again?   
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So it's not an epic. It's still one of his best in quite a while.
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Originally posted by GeneB GeneB wrote:

11th ??? Wow, some good hallucinogenics over there?? I picked it up at Walmart, thumbed thru the big print mono-sentence paragraphs, then put it back down.


Actually, the print size is way smaller compared to his other recent books. More lines per page as well. Probably not as epic as Lightning, but I can hardly fault it for that. Brevity sometimes does work.
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THERE ARE SOME SPOILER POINTS HERE. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!


Well, I pretty much agree with what dnurse had to say about this book. You can definitely tell DK has found his roots.

Here are my likes: The characters are phenomenal. These were some of his best characters to date. The plot was original and very entertaining. I didn't want this book to end. He didn't go overboard with the dog this time. His last few "dog" books got out of hand regarding the dogs abilities. This dog was kept low key (for DK anyway). The villian was the best villian since Roy Miro (Dark Rivers of the Heart). Ruthless.

When the story halted, and dove into the past for the dad, it reminded me of the reason I started reading DK in the first place. Great dialogue between characters, especially between Milo and his parents.

Here are my dislikes: The ending. The story built and built through hundreds of pages, then came to a too-fast conclusion in the final chapter. I guess I was expecting more of an explanation, especially since the book took a sci-fi turn.

Waxx was part of a "clan" that consisted of miltia. I thought that was a great part of the story, but who were they? Where did they come from? How did a book critic get involved with the likes of such people? I know his mother was the "leader", but I never got an explanation in that regard.

So, in conclusion, I must say I enjoyed the book immensely. Out of the 60 or so DK books that I have read, this is a top 20. His last 5 books rank 46, 47, 48, 49, and 50, respectively. So, this was refreshing. Like I said, he touched on some of the old DK. The DK we all have grown fond of.
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I'm happy for you that you enjoyed reading it!

The book doesn't really go into the origin of the agency. Zazu Waxx does give info that the agency has access to the "unlimited funds of the federal treasury." I'm taking that it goes at least 50 years back when she was discussing the "new science of designing culture" and the "post humanity movement." It would make sense that she raised her son to be a critic just for this purpose of fixing what she sees as wrong with culture. She wants it to stay on track with the vision of Rousseau and she admires Shelly, Marx, Freud, Neitzsche, Tolstoy, Bertrand Russell and Sartre. Cubby states that although these people may be geniuses they "were madmen. And their contributions to the world were...irrationality, chaos, excuses for mass murder." But Zazu believes and tells Cubby that "They form the opinions of the elite ruling classes. Then artists and writers must, with their work, carry the message of their superiors to the masses. Which you have not done, Mr. Greenwich." I thought that she raised Shearman to help destroy artists like Cubby who are opposite of her vision and philosophy for the world. She also states before she dies that there are 12,000 members of the agency.

The ending wasn't too abrupt for me. I'm up for a quick ending even with loose ends. The idea that the agency still exists and Cubby's family has to go into hiding flows into the idea of the last paragraph of the book. The last paragraph leaves us with the thought that although evil is relentless, people like Shearman Waxx are not. Because love, friendship, family, faith, the human spirit, the human heart, and time are also relentless and these will win out in the end.

How about how Shearman Waxx died!? That was abrupt and unexpected for me. Justice is served in an ironic way.
I'm inclined to believe in parallel worlds filled with dark bound Snow and Odd adventures.

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