Well I suppose a mad-ass book demands a mad-ass review, and Anita Dalton at the ‘I Read Odd Books’ blog has taken an unusual approach in sharing with the world her admiration of (not to say astonishment at) Jet McDonald’s extraordinary debut novel of corporate absurdity and pet furniture ‘Automatic Safe Dog’.
Dazzled and delighted by Jet’s prose and wildfire imagination, Anita has resorted to quoting and analysing extensive tracts of text, culminating in this glowing conclusion:
“I get lots of books sent my way and I have come across a lot of extremely talented writers. I think McDonald’s writing is very near genius… this book was a revelation. A murder mystery, a farce, a romance, a sketch of a lunatic world, a glimpse of an uncaring and venal societal and the way that small venal sins can become mortal sins if we let them go on too long. This is a long book, coming in at 270 pages. McDonald got me hooked despite the animal cruelty and he kept me reading. I devoured this book in three days because the hilarity and silliness thrilled me as I waited for the other shoe to drop. I can’t remember the last time a new book from an author unknown to me proved to be the sort of read I simply could not put down until finished. Highly recommended.”
Our thanks go to Anita for her in-depth analysis and praise.