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A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists

by Jane Rawson

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A fascinating novel combining a dystopic view of Melbourne's future, with an odd fantasy-imbued narrative. The most impressive facet of the book is the portrayal of Melbourne in 2030 - a burnt out, overheated mess of a city, where trains run once or twice a day at best, people camp in Flagstaff gardens and large swathes of the Western suburbs have been destroyed by massive industrial fires. The book is partly about Caddy's survival in this brutal world and, to be honest, I'd have been happy if that had been the whole story. The shift into fantasy is handled smoothly though and the interactions between Caddy and characters she imagined are mind-bending and fun. There's a lot to take in here, and I'm not quite sure that the resolution really works, but it's a fun and intriguing ride and one I'd definitely recommend. ( )
  mjlivi | Feb 2, 2016 |
Quirky, dystopian, genre-busting cli-fi set in a devastated 2030 Melbourne with flashbacks to 1997 San Francisco. You have to read it to see how it works! For my full review, please see http://whisperinggums.com/2015/04/21/jane-rawson-a-wrong-turn-at-the-office-of-u... ( )
  minerva2607 | May 23, 2015 |
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It is 1997 in San Francisco and Simon and Sarah have been sent on a quest to see America: they must stand at least once in every 25-foot square of the country. Decades later, in an Australian city that has fallen on hard times, Caddy is camped by the Maribyrnong River, living on small change from odd jobs, ersatz vodka and memories.… (more)

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