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The Complete Roderick by John Sladek

The Complete Roderick

by John Sladek

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Roderick at Random.

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  SChant | Apr 26, 2013 |
What a wonderful, frustrating read!

The Complete Roderick is a very funny book, at times with delicious absurdity, but more often than not in a bleak, satiric way that takes aim at an amazingly diverse range of targets. Think "I, Robot" meets "Catch-22," and you won't be far wrong. It also offers lots of oddball supporting characters, who seem to pop in and out without ever going anyplace.

The book has many moments of brilliance, including chapters that could stand alone as miniature masterpieces. But unfortunately it doesn't hang together all that well as a novel. It also eventually begins to feel rather repetitive. How many times do we really need to go through O'Smith being thwarted in an effort to knock off our protagonist?

This is a book that could have been a masterpiece, but doesn't quite get there. It might have worked better as a shorter episodic "mosaic" novel. Or benefited from some aggressive editing.

Still, I am glad I read it. ( )
  clong | Jul 29, 2009 |
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