Cryptofauna by Patrick Canning

Cryptofauna audiobook cover art

I have so many books on my TBR that I was not really accepting books by authors who contacted me on the blog. Even if I did, I told them that it would be a while before I get to it. This particular case, I was offered an audible version and this was something new and I could get to it faster than actual text. This is the first audible ARC that I have had a chance to review. This does not mean that that affected my review in any way. In fact, after I was done I actually thought I might have liked it better if I was reading it myself. This again does not mean the narrator wasn’t good. He was great for the most part. There were just a few things that I think I would have liked in a different tone of voice.

This is not for the faint of heart or a very literal reader. It is an odd adventure that gets odder as we go deeper into the story. Jim is an almost friendless janitor who is contemplating his life when he is thrown headlong into an absurd situation. It is a game that has supposedly been played for ages behind the normal human world. He is armed with one or two things and almost no knowledge of what he is supposed to be doing. A majority of the dialogue is snarky and mildly sarcastic. There are deeper moments strewn about amidst the debris of a war being fought between multiple ‘operators’.

Overall I was an entertaining read and I liked the conclusion and the atmosphere of confusion that went with the battles. Most of all I liked the construction of the sentences because many of them were entertaining by themselves. I would recommend this to readers who like experimenting with their reading.


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