Moondogs, by Alexander Yates

This book, set in the Philippines, ties together a number of disparate characters and storylines. I wanted to know more about a lot of the characters and stories that were just barely covered, and less about characters that were more fleshed out, but turned out to be kind of boring. In the end, it seemed like there were too many characters and scenarios for the author to really handle effectively. At times you wonder what these characters are doing in the same book at all. [A series of 5 circles show different groups of people: A man with a duffel bag, and woman, with their arms around each other. A family: a bearded white man, a white woman with a security badge, and two black children. A group of four men and a black dog: one man is horribly scarred, one is thin and has a beard, one is short and mustachioed, one has a pompadour and a handful of cards. Two men and a rooster. Two men with drinks, one handsome with good hair, the other shorter and chubbier, with glasses.]

Good for: People who like ensemble casts and magical realism. The sometimes brutal graphic violence—even by seemingly sympathetic characters—can be shocking and unpleasant, especially if you're not expecting it. So be forewarned.


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