Only a writer of Block’s skill could have pulled off (so to speak) this parade of red and white bodily fluids. Depending on what he wants to do with a scene, it can be erotic, disturbing, hilarious, terrifying, or any combination thereof. Is the novel entirely successful? I didn’t think so. But it was a lot closer to successful than I expected when it truly dawned on me just how far Block was willing to go, and how often.

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