©2009 Charles Huston; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"One of his generation's finest and hippest talents..." (Publishers Weekly)
"[ runaway freight that feels like a combination of William Burroughs and James Ellroy....Fiercely original...." (Stephen King)
If you are someone offended by the profligate use of curses, don't bother. If you accept irreverent humor, this is great!
I don't mind reading gore, but not at the expense of story. This book reminded me of Madonna, going for shock value without substance. The plot had so many holes, the story required leaps of faith I was unwilling to make. Try Beat the Reaper, a much better story in a similar genre.
The main character is a immature loser who stays that way through the whole book. Nothing profound, deep, or amusing, simply shallow self-indulgence. Couldn't care less of the protagonist lived or died. Kept hoping it would get better but gave up at 2/3 through - don't waste your money!
I'm a fan of John Hustons other two books. This book just wasn't as good.
I think the problem is that I couldn't relate to the main character. He was disturbed by a trauma and his way of dealing with it just didn't make sense.
If profanity bothers you (doesn't bother me) than stay away from this book.
I also suggest that you listen to an excerpt first.
Overall the book was good but not great.
My reaction to this audiobook is the opposite of many other reviews. I enjoyed the opening chapter of the book, but as it progressed, I moved from interest, to plain curiosity of where it was going (with no emotional investment in the characters), to mild discomfort (particularly with the obnoxious character, Jaimie) to just wanting the thing to be over. The plot is predictable, the characters poorly drawn at best (irritating at worst), and the pace is tedious.
I came across this as "also liked" on the page of a Christopher Moore book, and can't figure out how that could be. Huston is not half the writer Moore is.
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