Tuesday, October 12, 2010

No Sleep Till Wonderland by Paul Tremblay

No Sleep till Wonderland, written by Paul Tremblay, is a book that fits fairly neatly into the mystery genre. It's main protagonist, Mark Genevich, is significantly different from any other private detective you are likely to come across in any other mystery novel. Alternating between wanting to throttle him to laughing out loud because of his utterly zany and confusing lifestyle, the book is a fairly quick and entertaining read. Mark Genevich suffers from narcolepsy but this does not stop him taking on cases even though he is likely to fall asleep at the most inopportune times. At the start of the novel he is scraping the bottom of the barrel but finally, against his will, be begins to attend group therapy, which proves to be the start of a series of events that will literally change the course of his life. Through a friendship he develops in therapy, he becomes ensnared in a world that includes drugs, arson, identity theft and a host of sad and angry characters.

You will not be bored by this book, although potentially confused at times. If you live a fairly
"normal' life, you will find yourself wishing Mark Genevich, the protagonist, would just do things that made more sense, like being honest with the police. Written in the first person, his wit and "thumb your nose" attitude has a certain charm and draws you in. You find yourself rooting for this somewhat hapless though determined private eye and glad when things begin to go his way. If you are looking for an interesting and witty book, you will enjoy this novel but be warned there are mature themes and a fairly descriptive sexual encounter. This novel is the second in a series and is written in a way that does not require you to have read the first.

There are two instances of sexual encounters, one of which is very descriptive. This book did not in any way resonate with me as a "teen" book and felt more like an adult (20's) book.

Reviewer Age:15
Reviewer City, State and Country: South Pasadena, CA USA