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Breakfast at Cannibal Joe's

by Jay Spencer Green

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This novel is like being assaulted by a high functioning savant. At first there’s a period of adjustment. He has sat beside you, singled you out to be the recipient of his verbal vomitage. This is confusing enough. Then you realise that there is some sort of tale being told, a yarn that smacks of being too preposterous to be true, and yet this reels you in. Then the raucousness starts. Like being swept into the world of undercover banterers, with outlandish stories that dance along the tightrope of dare, nudging you one way then the other, always shifting your footing and orientation. He did what? To them? What was that about?

At first I struggled with this as there’s just so much going on. It starts a breakneck speed and proceeds to pick off every other body part it can think of. But once acclimatised the word bending fun alone is worth the price of admission. This book is so cheeky. A spirited sense of mischief leads the cutting humour, and there’s some very enjoyable relish of the farcical consequences of when rules meet humanity.

Lists. I am fond of lists. Lists with puns. Yes. Lists with arched eyebrows and satirical sideswipes. Hell yes! Many of these I read twice as I was chuckling too much to take them in in their full glory in one go.

The story goes past so fast that I’m still figuring it out, but on the whole I’m glad that savant sat next to me and shared, even if I do feel a bit grubby. There’s an incredibly acute mind pulling the strings and one obviously preoccupied with extremely extreme people acting extremely extreme. Happens everyday don’t you know? When it happens in this book it’s pretty much sticking to absurd logic that reaches insane heights as situation hits personality and the glorified madness of all bets are off land takes hold. So yeah, verbally high-octane with a frantically bonkers and enjoyably restless plot. ( )
  RebeccaGransden | Jan 22, 2016 |
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