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John Darnielle – Universal Harvester [REVIEW]

Title: Universal Harvester

Author: John Darnielle

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 216

Rating: 3.5/5

I’m a big fan of Darnielle’s because he’s the lead singer and songwriter of The Mountain Goats, a band that I love. His lyricism is top drawer and he does a cracking job of sharing stories in just a couple of minutes, and so it’s always interesting to see what he does in a different format.

And I did enjoy this book, although perhaps not as much as I’d been expecting. It started off with a lot of promise and hooked me early on, but then it changed gears and the story headed off in a tangent. I was down with that, but I also can’t help wondering what might have happened if it had maintained its course.

I think the issue is that it begins seeming as though it’s going to be all about the story line, and then a third of the way through it changes to being all about character and setting. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that, I guess it just wasn’t quite what I was expecting.

All in all though, if you like the Mountain Goats then you’re going to love this, and even general readers will like it. Good stuff!

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