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The character, Kid, is crazy. Yet, somehow, he manages to write a book, become a gangleader, all while living inside of a city that exists outside of time and space. Kid's madness strains his relationship with his female lover Lanya and with his male lover.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 10%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 40% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy story on current Earth Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   post environmental/nuclear disaster, fighting MadMax gangs Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   mental illness/nutsophrenia Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's Really unusual traits?    -   Super genius

Setting

Earth setting:    -   20th century    -   near future (later in 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed Sex in book?    -   Yes How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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