Big Machine by Victor LaValle

Big Machine

Victor LaValle

fiction contemporary fantasy horror dark mysterious medium-paced

370 pages | first published 2009


A fiendishly imaginative comic novel about doubt, faith, and the monsters we carry within us.Ricky Rice was as good as invisible: a middling hustler, recovering dope fiend, and traumatized suicide cult survivor running out the string of his life a...
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dark 71%
adventurous 57%
challenging 57%
tense 57%
reflective 42%
hopeful 28%
mysterious 28%
sad 28%
emotional 14%
funny 14%
inspiring 14%


medium 57%
slow 28%
fast 14%

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