Review: The Conspiracy Kid by E.P. Rose

Posted: January 25, 2014 in New Adult, Reviews
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Author:  E.P. Rose

Paperback, 290 pages

Published in 2013 by Table Thirteen Books

Genres:  New Adult, Literary Fiction

Synopsis:  A sonnet is penned and, lo, the Conspiracy Kid Fan Club is born. Beware. To read this sonnet is to join the Club. Membership is automatic and irreversible.

This is the story of the earliest unwitting Conspiracy Kid Fan Club members: Edwin Mars (poet), Joe Claude (billionaire), Walter Cornelius (werewolf), Muriel Cohen (chef),to name but a few.

Or, as Edwin Mars, being a poet, puts it:

This is the story of Joe Claude and me,

And of my son and the sisters he loved,

And of their father, how he came to be

In a graveyard – naked and uni-gloved;

Hamburgers, hurricanes, murder and string,

Werewolves and waiters and barmen and cooks,

From Maine to Biloxi, Mayfair to Pring,

Furniture, ketamine, golfing and books;

Marriages made and broken and mended

Under the shadow of loved ones who died.

See how the grieving billionaire ended

Up in that prison where laughter’s proscribed.

Will he be rescued then? Read and find out

What The Conspiracy Kid’s all about.

My Review:  I really enjoyed this book.  At first I found myself writing down the characters names and how they were linked.  Some characters made brief appearances while others continued throughout the book. As the book progressed, it became easier to connect to the characters and the story flowed.

I struggled somewhat to find the poem/fan club’s existence in the story.  The poem is presented first thing, but not mentioned again until about midway through the book.  It distracted me somewhat, but not enough to keep me from enjoying the myriad of characters offered here.

The writing style was simple and easy to follow even though the author would switch perspectives frequently.  There is humor mixed with heartache, which made for great reading.

All in all this was a fun read and I would definitely recommend it.

Disclaimer:  I received this book from the author free of charge in exchange for an honest review.


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