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Bait and Switch a Review
So Bait and Switch by Austen Crowder. The basic idea behind this book is that there is a toon world that connects into a real world, similar in many ways to Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Cool World. Some time roughly ten years ago in the book's setting the way into this toon world was discovered. It was seemingly uninhabited besides some odd flora and fauna and physics defying activities being possible. More recently some people have been turning into toons, not all at once but it seems to happen to teenagers and others who associate with toons. This includes our protagonist Fenton Cobbler who like other people is becoming a toon. The problem is that Fenton's father is part of a movement to segregate toon behavior and has very anti-toon views. The back of the book should make it very clear that this is a coming out/GLBT rights allegory story. Points for honesty there and an interesting concept. I did not enjoy reading this thing. I'd have a very hard time recommending it to others now.
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Overall I feel the book needed work on world development and I became unforgiving of a number of parts of it early on. Perhaps unfairly. I think I came into this book with heightened expectations and I allowed that to cloud my judgment. I think there are people who could probably have a fun time reading this book, who might enjoy this a great deal. I'm just not one of them, and I can't really recommend this one to anyone.

For a more positive review see Rikoshi's write up http://www.weaselwordsmith.com/2010/12/16/bait-and-switch-review/