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Mar 06, Chris Van Dyke rated it really liked it Shelves: No bodies were found. It’s weird-fiction, but not nearly as far along the “weird” spectrum as one might expect from an author who is an assistant editor at Small Beer Press.

If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? I immediately facebooked him and discovered that he’d be in San Francisco for some readings soon. I couldn’t put it down.

As it was I had the impression that remembering details of the story was an important aspect in appreciating the work.

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The hero, Charles Unwin, works as a clerk for a detective agency. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. To ask other readers questions about The Manual of Detectionplease sign up. There’s not much direct communication between the members of these four strata.


Showing of 67 reviews. He encounters a femme fatale who might be on his side; a nightclub singer; two sinister former conjoined twins who drive a gaudy steam-truck; a malevolent carnival proprietor; a thieves’ kitchen. But as the case becomes deeper and wider in scope than Unwin could ever have forseen, and the future of the city is threatened, he finds himself rising to the challenge–and when people’s dreaming lives overtake their waking ones, Unwin must follow Return to Book Page.

After crawling a few feet on hands and knees, I had a choice, left towards the light, right towards a slightly smaller hole. There are some good parts. Fantasy books Science fiction books reviews.

I loved manul book for about the first third, was on board for about half but finished it in a fog, still admiring Jedidiah Berry’s skill but not at all sure I cared or even understood what was going on. When Sivart goes missing and his supervisor turns up murdered, Unwin is suddenly promoted to detective, a rank for which he lacks both the skills and the stomach.

Film Center, where Tanya was curating a hybrid media arts show in which my brother had a video installation piece. I think I liked the idea far more than the execution. When Travis Sivart, the agency’s most illustrious detective, is murdered, Unwin is suddenly promoted and must embark on an utterly bizarre quest for the missing investigator that leads him into the darkest corners of his soaking, somnolent city.


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So yeah, this manuql has a lot going on, but it all somehow fits together with total precision. Why is Unwin’s copy of the manual missing Chapter 18? Christmas gift from Susanna. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. A Hercule Poirot Mystery.

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Have read 3 times, and I’ve only done that with maybe 2 other books. A view through the kaleidescope can’t be described, other than just saying, god, it’s beautiful. Here is a selection of only positive comments from GR reviews: Now, that said, I also want to say that I think this is a very good book, and here’s an anecdote as proof: Jun 16, carol. He’s merely the clerk who reviews and files all the reports of the Agency’s star detective, Travis Sivart.

This may be partially intentional. Inject a lot more pizzazz into Charles Unwin both in his voice and in his motivations and a little more into the others except for Emily, whom I thought was great and this would become a four star review very quickly.