Cryptofauna by Patrick Canning


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Working as a janitor at an insane asylum in rural Idaho has Jim in the dumps. One night, his attempted suicide is rudely interrupted by one of the residents, and he's recruited to play a game called Cryptofauna. The bizarre contest of worldwide mischief and meddling might actually help the blue custodian discover a reason to life, if he can survive the deadly trials that await...

“If Alice and Wonderland and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy had a love child, it’d be Cryptofauna. This fantasy novel creates an acid dream of lovable characters, tense twists, and a storyworld unlike any I’ve experienced. […] it’s a beautiful story, funny at times, ridiculous in the best possible way, intense and action packed." - Nico Bell Writes

"[...] a very readable fast-paced adventure packed with fantastic and ridiculous invention.” - Ingenious Cat

“Every so often, you come across a book that leaves you wondering if you should be looking into psychedelic drugs, because you realize that your reality is rather limited. This is definitely one of those books. [...] one of the strangest, most intriguing things I've ever read.” - Songs Wrote my Story

“Cryptofauna is fantastically strange, it's so funny and I found myself laughing out loud multiple times. But it's also deep and poignant and [the] attention to detail is superb.” -Rae’s Reading Lounge

4 out of 5 (very good)

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I wasn't sure what to make of this at first.....but I love it! It's a bit off beat, it makes you think and scratch your head but for me Cryptofauna is highly entertaining. Definitely keeps you on your toes and guessing whats going to happen next.

Hopefully this will get adapted into a film, it's nicely multi-layered and has an intriguing depth to it.

I was impressed with how the story unfolded and how rounded the characters are.

This is a book ideal for chilling out at home or on holiday but not on the bus.....you'll miss your stop!

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* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

Patrick Canning was born in Wisconsin, grew up in Illinois, and now lives in California with his dog, Hank. He is primarily focused on turning coffee into words, words into money, money back into coffee.

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