July 10, 2010
There really isn't a lot happening plot-wise in this book. Much time is spent explaining the backstory of Karl and his Madmen friends. They are all really complex and interesting characters who are fully realized throughout the course of the book. Despite the horrors they have each endured in their home lives, the Madmen demonstrate strength and maturity, and they are fiercely loyal to one another.
I have to admit that had a hard time finishing this book (it's about 500 pages long) - I was hoping for a little more action and a little less exposition. In the end, though, I did enjoy Tales of the Madman Underground's message about the powerful nature of friendship in the face of adversity.
Tales of the Madman Underground by John Barnes