Crik: Character Analysis

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I had to read but a few chapters of Crik to realize that I was holding something special; to simply say that Crik was good doesn’t do the book any amount of justice. Mr. Beer has created a rich, complete world that is simultaneously beautiful and macabre, surreal yet eerily familiar. The story itself is masterfully told, and the author was able to make his adventure “come alive.” I could identify as much with Jack’s mistrust of Talents as I could with Bill’s blind allegiance to them, and I found myself cheering the resulting strengths of each character (and cursing the weaknesses). What truly set the novel apart for me, however, is Mr. Beer’s ability to at-once be as lighthearted as Lewis Carroll and gruesome as Stephen King. While it

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