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This Body’s Not Big Enough For Both Of Us

TLDR: Check out the author Edgar Cantero. You won’t regret it.

I recently finished This Body’s Not Big Enough For Both Of Us by Edgar Cantero and it was just what I needed. It’s a punchy, manic, laugh riot. It’s got humor, action, and beautiful descriptions that run on and on yet I can’t get enough of them.

Exhibit A:
Too few minutes later, the screeching Camaro swerved out of Palm Drive at a speed never seen outside the Fast & Furious franchise, bowling through a set of poorly placed trash cans, and revved onto a dirt road that stretched through a modest grove of inbred pines and then a corrugated desert flanked by cacti, heading for the tender cyan shadow of yet another moody Sunday night.

Not everyone’s going to like this book. If you can’t tolerate a few breaks in the 4th wall or some passages that for no apparent reason are written in the format of a screen play then pass this one by. (I think the screen play sections are designed for speed, but dropping “Adrian said” from a handful of lines doesn’t actually speed up my reading.)

Personally I found it all hilarious and didn’t mind any of the quirks. Instead I felt energized by them.

Exhibit B:
They were three people listening, technically hiding: Victor Lyon, Danny Mojave, and a bodyguard who doesn’t merit a name because he will most likely be dead in the next page.

I can’t recommend This Body highly enough. Honestly I don’t know why I’m even going back to grim science fiction. Give me playful, give me exciting. Cantero shows how one can still craft a solid plot with some emotionally moving scenes without beating the reader with a rolled up newspaper full of dire.

I’m going to look for more from this author. I’ve heard great things about his earlier book Meddling Kids.


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