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Mother’s always angry: Jungle House, by Julianne Pachino, reviewed

But who – or what – is Mother? And are her exasperated warnings about ever-present danger exaggerated?

9 December 2023

9:00 AM

9 December 2023

9:00 AM

Jungle House Julianne Pachico

Serpent’s Tail, pp.208, 14.99

Jungle House is not the sultry tropical tale you might expect either from its title or from its vivid, palm-strewn dust jacket. Instead, Julianne Pachico’s third novel concerns AI. This is not immediately obvious, and although there is an appealing directness to the writing, it means that no time is spent setting the scene or allowing readers to get their bearings fully.

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