Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Reading: The Contortionist's Handbook

I read this yesterday. I really liked it.

The protagonist is an anti-hero, a expert forger who keeps having to change his identity. He keeps overdosing and nearly getting institutionalised as a suicide risk, because of "godsplitter" headaches that painkillers seem unable to control. So he is skilled in fooling the authorities and psychiatrists in order to avoid being hospitalised or imprisoned, as his lifestyle requires criminal activity. He has also been sucked into forging for some bad guys, and they don't take kindly to his frequent vanishing acts.

I read it in one sitting: I enjoyed it a lot.

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