Extremely disappointing. I really enjoyed The Yiddish Policemen Union and Kavalier & Clay, and had high expectations for Wonder Boys. Unfortunately, the book didn't deliver. It's supposed to be a satire, but the prose tries too hard. Sentences are belabored, even more convoluted and wordy than Chabon's usual style, which is saying something). And worst of all, the story just isn't interesting. I couldn't get an emotional connection with no character -- they're all so bored and messed up (in boring, mundane ways) that it really didn't click.
I tried -- honestly. I rarely ditch a book midway through, but I couldn't bring myself to finish this one. Maybe it picks up after the middle, but the first half just wasn't worth it.