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Book Reviews #35, #36, #37, and #38: Cockroaches and Lions and Parties, Oh My!

One of these days Mondays will again be about Link Madness, but I always seem to have some catching up to do. Here's a rundown of my reading over the last month or so – at least the ones I finished. We're in Week 40 of the calendar year, so I've still got a chance to make my 52 book goal by December 31. Book Review #35 KOCKROACH by Tyler Knox (William Morrow, January 2007) I picked this one up with giddy enthusiasm – it is, as the ALP observed, my kind of thing. Here's the first paragraph: As Kockroach, an arthropod of the genus Blatella and of the species germanica , awakens one morning from a typically dreamless sleep, he finds himself transformed into some large, vile creature. Obviously, Knox is channeling and reversing Kafka's most famous short story, "The Metamorphosis", in which hapless Gregor Samsa finds himself transformed into a cockroach. Such an allusive and fantastic premise piqued my curiosity, and I was definitely not disappointed. Like Kaf