Big Machine by Victor LaValle

Big Machine

Victor LaValle

fiction contemporary fantasy horror dark mysterious medium-paced

370 pages | first published 2009

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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 68%
adventurous 62%
mysterious 50%
reflective 37%
tense 37%
challenging 31%
funny 25%
hopeful 25%
sad 25%
emotional 18%
inspiring 18%


medium 68%
slow 25%
fast 6%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 100%

Strong character development?

Yes: 100%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 50% | It's complicated: 25% | No: 25%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 92% | No: 7%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 83% | It's complicated: 16%

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