Les Miserables meets Wal Mart: A review of Chris Fabry’s “June Bug”

It has been said that there are only seven different stories in existence – the books you enjoy are all just variations on these seven different themes.
I don’t know whether this is true, but I do know that it’s not uncommon for an author to copy old stories intentionally. Sometimes this is done well, and sometimes… not so well.
I don’t usually go for modern retellings of old stories. (Though I admit that Pride and Prejudice and Zombies does have a strange sort of appeal…) It seems to me that the best “copies” of this sort are those that are both good in their own right, and good in that they enhance an original work rather than try to re-create it. Sometimes new books are wonderful on their own, but sometimes they are most valuable when they help you read old books well.
I just read a book that copied an old story loosely, and copied it pretty well. June Bug is Chris Fabry’s newest book, due out in August 2009. (Thank you to the folks at Tyndale for providing me with an advanced reader copy!) June Bug is Fabry’s modern interpretation of the classic Les Miserables. It’s a somewhat loose interpretation, but Les Miserables fans will quickly recognize some key themes and plot points.

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