Resurrected book review: The Boy With the Cuckoo-Clock Heart, by Mathias Malzieu

Or: A Really, Really Lame Version of Iron Man

Like Iron Man, in that the protagonist has a prosthetic assisting his heart to keep him alive, but kinda steampunk and in Scotland in the later part of the 19th century

But no suit, no brilliance or superpowers or wealth

No particular skills at all, actually

Just an obsession with one girl he saw for like five minutes the first time he ever left home, at age 10, and then the embodiment of a lot of the worst chauvinistic approaches to “love” and women

It’s the kind of book where (spoiler) the “hero” doesn’t get the girl, and you go “THANK GOD”

As two-dimensional and stupid/shallow as she was written, even she knew better than that

The best thing that can be said about the story is that two of the protagonist’s closest surrogate family members were prostitutes, and there was absolutely no stigmatization attached to that, so that was nice

Also there was a hamster named Cunnilingus.

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