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By Rubin Johnson
Reviewed by Jason Pettus
To be sure, there's a great book to be written regarding the subjects being bandied about in Rubin Johnson's Well Oiled; set not exactly in the near future but not in the far future either, it complexly weaves together such current hot topics as bitcoins, geocaching, the future of "environmentally sound" oil drilling (and the futility of even using such a phrase), and professional triathlete racing of all things. But unfortunately, Johnson fails at bringing a light touch to the admittedly large amount of exposition that needs to take place here, instead delivering sometimes entire chapter-length Wikipedia entries on the subjects at hand, just these massive infodumps that will make one's eyes glaze over if, for example, like me you don't have even the slightest interest in professional sports; then combined with the more general problems of any so-so novel (weak characters, an uneven pace, etc), you're left with a book that certainly gets an A for ambition but sadly a C for execution. It gets an only limited recommendation today, just for those who have a very specific interest in the subjects just mentioned.
Out of 10: 7.2