Miscellanea and Ephemeron
10/16/2005 Archived Entry: "Book review: The Man Burns Tonight"
Review by Betsy Phillips
This is the kind of book where the main character, who's supposed to be as square as they come, before he learns his great life lesson brought on by the transformative experience of the Burning Man Festival, is named Dex Edden. Yes, Dex Edden. If the thought of reading a book about a normal guy named "Dex Edden" already annoys you, this is not the book for you.
Also, if you don't like super genius villains with convoluted motives and unsympathetic dead people, you're probably not going to like "The Man Burns Tonight." (Hmm. Warning: this last paragraph actually makes the book seem more interesting than it actually is.)
But if you're looking for a good introduction to The Burning Man Festival, I think this book is great in that regard. Cortez does a great job of describing the Festival and the quirky communities that spring up. He also provides a lot of information for how to survive in the desert for a week. And he does a fine job of developing his secondary characters so vividly that I imagine you could go to the Festival and pick out the people they were based on.
So, as a mystery, it's not so great. As a travel guide and introduction to The Burning Man Festival, it's a good read.
The Wapshott Press
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