The over-the-top aspects of the story are amusing and even briefly thrilling on occasion, but the quieter moments are those that exhibit the greatest strength. The friendship between Joe and his masked friend Pete is simple and straightforward, and it's completely believable. The more intimate connections - between Pete and his mermaid charge, and Anna and Max - seem heartfelt, and they help to balance the surreal side of the book. Graham's vision of a wonderworld of the future is fascinating, but the strong, convincing characterization serves as the real heart of this topsy-turvy tale. Read Full Review
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