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Rick Moody's uneven 'Hotels of North America' is not worth a stay

Rick Moody's uneven 'Hotels of North America' is not worth a stay

All hotels are not created equal. The gap between a good place to spend a night and a bad one is huge. If you're rich, you can spend $1,000 on a room that comes with a name and not a number. If you're not, you can drop a couple of 20s on a rent-by-the-hour motel off a highway access road. The only things such establishments have in common is that you'll have trouble getting your keycard to function, and you'll be overcharged for Internet access.

This is where hotel review sites come in, but you can't trust everything you read. Particularly if the reviewer is Reginald Edward Morse, the querulous narrator of Rick Moody's frustratingly uneven novel, "Hotels of North America."...