18 April 2015

Review: Care of Wooden Floors

Care of Wooden Floors
Care of Wooden Floors by Will Wiles

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Closer to a 4.5, but I really enjoyed my time with this one.

At the start, this seems like a pretty basic tale of a guy who is housesitting. The guy he's housesitting for is clearly a little quirky, but the instructions are pretty clear that he shouldn't touch the piano, take care of the two cats, and make sure the floor is taken care of.

What isn't surprising is that things start to go a little south with a spill of wine. What is surprising is how quickly things spiral out of control. By the time I was halfway through the book and one significant accident involving the piano was involved, I was more than in for the ride, but completely strapped in. It's Very Bad Things-level insanity, with just more and more crazy being piled on until the very end.

The book has been described as Kafka-esque, which I get. Really, it's more of an absurdist comedy that balances terrible choices and terrible things with increasingly terrible results, and it's hard not to enjoy it, especially if cringe-worthy humor is your thing.

This, at least as I review it, is a Prime Lending Library selection, so if you do the Amazon+Kindle thing, it's absolutely worth one of your selections for the month. A strange book that far exceeded my expectations, and I hate that I waited so long to finally read it. Well done!

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