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Broken Monsters

de Lauren Beukes

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Detective Gabriella Versado investigates after disturbing displays that fuse the bodies of murder victims with those of animals are uncovered in abandoned Detroit buildings.
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    WhatUsername: Decaying city scape, role of the artist, journalists down on their luck
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Es mostren 1-5 de 93 (següent | mostra-les totes)
Read the first 150 pages and gave up. it's well written, but I can't be bothered to finish it, just doesn't seem to do anything new or exciting.
Stephen king and George RR Martin are wrong! ( )
  mjhunt | Jan 22, 2021 |
It was a bit scattered with many different characters all over the place. It all came together in the end. Quite odd with a bit of super-natural input and very modern with fairly current news references.

Still, I read it in under 24 hours which means it was gripping. And I will still look out for her other two I've not yet read. ( )
  joweirqt | Jan 15, 2021 |
Gabi Versado is a Detroit detective and has come across a murder scene that is hard to fathom. A young boy is found near a bridge. He is half boy and half deer. Her partner, new to the force, is eager to explore more.
Layla, detective Gabi's daughter, is playing a dangerous flirtation with an online pedophile, along with her friend Cas. They are trying to catch one of them and take things to an extreme level.
TK is an individual who works at the local church, trying to keep the homeless safe and fed.
Jonno Haim is a writer trying to make his way in a new city after failing to make a name for himself in New York.
All of these characters become involved in a dire predicament involving the artist Clayton Bloom. Clayton has some very weird thoughts about what the creation of art is all about.

Turn off your cellphone. ( )
  JReynolds1959 | Jan 8, 2021 |
This was the second book in a row that I finished reading at 2am, sitting on the floor of the bathroom with the door shut so my late-night reading wouldn't disturb my spouse, who is much better about observing a healthy, consistent bedtime than I am. He's also much taller than me.

I'd read very little in the way of crime dramas/murder mysteries until a few months ago when I began feverishly making my way through Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad series. I can't say with certainty that the commonalities I see between this book and French's books is also something in common with the genre in general, so I'll just keep to what I know. Beukes does all of the things that I love about French's writing, and she does them even more. Like French's characters, Beukes's characters are distinct personalities, but they're even more clearly---yet still subtly---drawn. Both authors weave their characters' personal lives and a broader cultural commentary into the murder investigation at the core of the novel, but Beukes does it in a manner even more seamless and emotionally authentic. Reading this novel, I was constantly blown away by the virtuosity and subtlety with which Beukes writes.

The biggest difference between French's novels and Broken Monsters is that Beukes turns the bizarre to eleven, but she still takes the reader along with her. I happily read bizarre fiction, but there's usually a self-consciousness about it, a constant awareness that I'm reading something bizarre. But with this novel, the weird just kind of snuck up on me so that, by the time I was really aware of just how weird it was, I was already in it.

I think what made the difference for me was the emotional authenticity that Beukes retains throughout all of the really off-the-wall stuff. There's a scene towards the end of the novel in which Gabi says something to Layla that makes total sense but I completely didn't expect. I hesitate to use the word poignant because that implies a level of sap that this scene does not possess, so I'll just say that the exchange reveals the depths of the love between mother and daughter in a way that's so surprising in its emotional truth that I cried just a little. Granted, it was almost 2am and I'd been sitting on the tile floor of my bathroom reading for nearly four hours, so perhaps I was in a more vulnerable emotional condition than if I'd been curled up comfortably on the couch and reading well-rested, but while I might not have teared up, I think I would have been surprised and the scene would have retained its emotional truth in either situation.

Two quotes stood out for me. The first, which I've truncated significantly because I don't want to give too much away, stands out because it feels so true to how our culture responds to attention-seekers at all levels:

"Just keep giving him attention. Even if it makes you an accomplice to his [expletive]ed-up fantasies." (405)

And the second just made me smile because I've thought it so many times myself (minus the comma splice, of course):

"Hell isn't other people, it's other parents." (316)

To any of my mom-friends who are reading this, I don't mean you. ( )
  ImperfectCJ | Jun 28, 2020 |
Yup. Five stars.

Actually, by the half-way mark I was simply enjoying the novel for how much depth and detail all the characters got. The mystery and the murder and the mayhem hadn't even really begun yet. I just got to revel in the characterizations. I didn't mind that there were a handful of them, from the cop, her daughter, the killer, the blogger, to the heroic ex-addict ex-murderer ex-slumlord.

True, at some points I wanted the story to go ahead and commence, but by the point where I was actually feeling my heart beat and my juices flowing, I just didn't care any more about wanting things to start. I was already invested in the characters in a way that reminded me fondly of the best SK. You know, the complicated and flawed and vividly drawn peeps that take over an entire novel, leaving an actual plot to stew simply in the background and you don't even care. That's where I was.

It was turning out to be a very decent thriller. I even got some meta moments when Clayton talked about meaning in art and the depth and the impossibility of creating anything new. It's all just rearranged ideas. I get ya, you crazy bastard. Or was that Ms. Beukes speaking through him? Ah, well, it doesn't matter either way. I could see the desire to make something real war against making a commercially successful thriller, and I know she isn't cynical. She's trying to push it through despite all the pressures. I loved that.

But then something very odd happened. Things got trippy at the climax. I started giggling and wondering why so much of the dreaming happened to be so regular and similar across the characters who converged. I had a Koontz moment. It was awesome.

And then it got paranormal on my ass. What a damn surprise! A good thriller just became an excellent horror! That's when my stars aligned and pushed out a five. :)

I'm a horror geek. But don't let that fool you. This was a damn fine novel even without my bias. I'm a fanboy. :) ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
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