Bad Monkeys by Matt Ruff

89%

13 Critic Reviews

I would have liked to stay under for a little while longer, like a dream — or an illusion — I didn’t want to be woken from.
-NY Times

Synopsis

Jane Charlotte has been arrested for murder.

She tells police that she is a member of a secret organization devoted to fighting evil; her division is called the Department for the Final Disposition of Irredeemable Persons—"Bad Monkeys" for short.

This confession earns Jane a trip to the jail's psychiatric wing, where a doctor attempts to determine whether she is lying, crazy—or playing a different game altogether. What follows is one of the most clever and gripping novels you'll ever read.

 

About Matt Ruff

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Matt Ruff is the authorof the critically acclaimed novelsBad Monkeys, Set This House inOrder, Fool on the Hill, and Sewer,Gas & Electric. He lives in Seattle.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 241 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math, Crime. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Bad Monkeys
All: 13 | Positive: 12 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Above average

Despite the metaphysical trappings of Existential Big Themes, it’s hard to care too deeply about the characters, who remain intellectual cardboard cutouts.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by By Jonathan Ames on Aug 26 2007

I would have liked to stay under for a little while longer, like a dream — or an illusion — I didn’t want to be woken from.

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Blog Critics

Good
on Sep 03 2007

Ruff is especially effective at creating an aura of mystery that constantly hints at a story behind the story.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
on Dec 22 2010

Ruff’s vision is remarkably clear for a tale in which the horizon point is so hazy.

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Booklist Online

Excellent
on May 01 2007

The fiendishly clever plot twists, involving a covert group fighting for evil, only add to the mind-bending experience.

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Forbes

Excellent
on Oct 23 2007

A consuming mystery with dangerous implications, Bad Monkeys is an astounding read, as relevant as people who believe in right and wrong.

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SF Signal

Good
on Sep 07 2007

Ruff has a knack for making just about anything amusing.

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Time Out Chicago

Excellent
on May 07 2005

The twists add both psychological depth and plot intrigue to this literary thriller of the first order.

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Huffington Post

Excellent
on Jan 24 2012

This is a gripping, funny, irreverent and intelligent novel that's accessible and a delight to read.

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News Review.

Excellent
on Nov 08 2007

Matt Ruff has a good ear for dialogue and a wicked eye for social satire, making Bad Monkeys a more-than-excellent quick read.

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Sycamore Reviews

Excellent
on Jan 17 2008

The 230 pages read like 150, and are totally worth the slight dizziness that comes from a really good roller coaster ride.

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Helium

Above average
on Mar 29 2010

On reflection I admit that, while Ruff's little book is not really a style I prefer, it's pretty good.

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Helium

Above average
on Dec 28 2009

The entire story leads up to a slightly disappointing ending. However, it is hard to beat all the genius that came before the ending.

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