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444 pages, Paperback
First published May 3, 2002
"when you begin with a rape scene, it doesn't leave much scope for a character arc."There are several taboo subjects which are the radioactive matter of popular fiction - rape, abortion, incest, paedophilia, etc - and like radioactive matter should only be handled with extreme care, caution and stringent executive oversight. I feel like chastising Sawyer's editor on this for dropping the ball. What was the purpose? What did it add to the story? This is the equivalent of juggling depleted uranium for the heck of it. No. Bad author. Naughty! Ruler over the back of the knuckles!
"Why would anyone want to do that?"
"Well - um, I don't know. Because they can?"
"I can drink urine," said Pontar, "but never have I felt the urge to do so."