My rating: 3 of 5 stars
First thoughts: Huh, that was interesting. A little like A Lover's Dictionary, but less captivating. Could have been sharper, but I like the idea of a mysterious story hidden in reference cards at a dictionary publishing house. Mostly I like the idea of a dictionary publishing house. Lately I relate to the mindless job/new job/job search aspect of any book I read. Also: teaglass?
Favorite character: the old guy...whose name I can't remember. And Billy's dad. (Billy being the protagonist and the new guy at the publishing house.)
Where I read it: on a coach bus to and from Wisconsin.
Recommended for: word lovers, job searchers, people who take a lot of bus rides.
Suggestions for improvement: another round of edits to remove some awkward dialogue and fluff.
Final thoughts: not bad, but kinda forgettable.
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