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Max Barry wrote the novels Syrup, Jennifer Government, Company, Machine Man, and Lexicon. He also created the game NationStates and once found a sock full of pennies.

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Thu 12
Nov
2015

My review of The Girl With All The Gifts

Writing I noticed people are “following my reviews” on Goodreads. This is great but must be unsatisfying because I don’t write any. I don’t think I should review books unless I love them, since that feels too cruel to an author who surely doesn’t deserve it, because writing books is hard, man, respect. And if I do love the book, I don’t want to say anything about it that might be a spoiler, because the book is so wonderful, you should just read it without knowing anything. It’s a pickle.

Anyway. “The Girl With All The Gifts” by Mike Carey is my favorite read of 2015. In lieu of saying anything about it, I will tell you thoughts I had while reading it. Also I will list my thoughts out of order, not chronologically. Enjoy.

“That’s cool.”

“That’s really cool.”

“OH MY GOD.”

“OH MY GOD THAT’S AWESOME.”

“Oh it’s that kind of book.”

“I wonder what happens next.”

“That character dynamic is backward.”

“I was wrong.”

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Machine Man subscriber Russell (#3897)

Location: USA
Quote: "O Lord, Protect us from those to whom you speak directly"
Posted: 1463 days ago

Max,

I read your review, and immediately went to buy this book because the Max Barry drought is long and reading something you recommended is the next best thing to reading something you've written.

I'm a little more than halfway through. But your recommendation was SPOT. EFFING. ON. HOLY CRAP.

My thoughts, out of order, so far:

"Whaaaaaaaaat?!"
"Ok, i'm listening."
"OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG"
"I need to sit down."
"How did--but what if--I don't even--"
"WHOA HOLY CRAP."
"I can't predict this book at all."
"I was wrong."

Machine Man subscriber Russell (#3897)

Location: USA
Quote: "O Lord, Protect us from those to whom you speak directly"
Posted: 1462 days ago

Finished it.

Two more thoughts:

"Wait, what, hold on, stop the book"
"WHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT"

holy crap, Max. I don't even know. What have you done to me.

Machine Man subscriber Max

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Quote: "I'm my number one fan!"
Posted: 1442 days ago

Nice.

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