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The Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry (Penguin Press; 25. 95) From the classic tropes of the detective procedural, this dbut novel weaves the kind of mannered fantasy that might result if Even a quick perusal will tell you that JedediaH Berry's debut novel The Manual of Detection is a kind of genre fiction.

But the more deeply you dig into the book, the harder it is to decide which genre. But in The Manual of Detection, everything that happens in dreams can affect what happens in real lifemight even be happening in real life.

There is dream surveillance, dream communication, and there are dreams within dreams within dreams within dreams. Editions for The Manual of Detection: (Hardcover published in 2009), (Paperback published in 2010), (Paperback published Unwin, used to the fierce regimentation of the agency, is cast adrift in this dream realm, with only the eponymous Manual as his guide.

Berry's world of coincidences and terrible puns (there's a somnambulists' club called the Cat& Tonic) is great fun and very clever. Thankfully, it does it in a book as good as The Manual of Detection. Jedediah Berry has an ear well tuned to the styles of the detective But in The Manual of Detection, everything that happens in dreams can affect what happens in real lifemight even be happening in real life.

There is dream surveillance, dream communication, and there are dreams within dreams within dreams within dreams. The Manual of Detection combines the intr His first novel, The Manual of Detection, received the Crawford Fantasy Award and the Dashiell Hammett Prize, and his short stories have appeared in anthologies including Best New American Voices and Best American Fantasy. " If Kafka had a sense of humor, he might have written THE MANUAL OF DETECTION.

Pete Larkin's performance takes Jedediah Berry's absurd and fantastical situations and his tightly controlled, intelligent, and downright funny writing, and turns the plight of hapless Charles Unwin into a rollicking audio romp through surreal chaos. Inventive, atmospheric, and fiendishly delightful. If youve ever fallen under the spell of Borges, Ray Bradbury, or Angela Carter, I urge you to acquire your own copy of The Manual of Detection.

Kelly Link, author of Magic for Beginners I was impressed, besotted, and transported by The Manual of Detection. Surprising and completely Though time and location are never specified, The Manual of Detection has the feel of a novel set in an early 20thcentury US coastal city, and the landscape is Pretty soon, hes caught up in a struggle between the forces of chaos (represented by an oddball crime syndicate known as Caligaris Carnival) and order (the agency), with only his umbrella and his copy of the manual to aid him as