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Friday, May 11, 2012

Wild Thing

It's no secret that Beat the Reaper was my favorite book of 2009.  So Josh Bazell's follow up, Wild Thing, was hot on my list for as soon as possible.  Oh my goodness gracious.

Our hero from the previous book comes back in (referred to here as Lionel...it's a long story).  He is currently doing the doctor-thing on a cruise ship when he gets a call from a reclusive billionaire who wants him to go off and hunt a mysterious Loch Ness-like monster in the Minnesota region  to determine whether it is real or a hoax.  And it goes down, y'all.  I can't tell you much more but it involves a referee who happens to be super famous in a not-great way, a monster who will make you skeptical then make you believe, and a hunting partner of whom Lionel can't keep his hands off.

I must be upfront and tell you that I am madly in love with Josh Bazell.  The way he writes is non-stop hilarity and action and mind-blowing-ness.  The dude has footnotes throughout his (fiction) book which only heightens the enjoyment and the giggles emanating from my gut.  I read this 300+ page book in one day.  Like, in a few hours.  Because I couldn't put it down.  Bazell has a way of writing action so that it never ends even when nothing is happening.  The only thing, though, is that something is always happening.  You have to pay attention yet it comes so naturally when reading Bazell's prose.  This is a reading-while-walking book because you just can't put it down.  Seriously, though, go buy it!!!

I love the flawed characters that Bazell creates.  I love his story arc, and I love the ridiculousness that is everything about this story.  Run, don't walk to your local book store and pick up both this one and Beat the Reaper.  Pick up some wine.  Put your feet up.  Make a weekend of it.  You won't be disappointed.

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