It only took me three weeks, but I finally finished a book! So I guess you could say I was the wicked little monkey! I sure felt supremely slackerish in the reading department. But the title of this post has more to do the the novel, Bad Monkeys, by Matt Ruff, than with my own lack of reading achievement in the month of September.
This book is quirky and well-paced and fun, despite the sometimes horrific content. I mean, Jane kills people who are evil-many of the characters are not exactly likeable. By the end I wanted Bad Monkeys to exist-though the Big Brother aspect of it was pretty frightening. And I wanted Jane to be good. Throughout the novel she struggles with her own evil, and in the end that seems to be the message Matt Ruff is trying to get across, at least in part. All of us have the capacity for good or evil, and it is our choices that determine whether we are on the side of right, or whether we are a bad monkey.