- File Size: 520 KB
- Print Length: 177 pages
- Publication Date: March 8, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BR6RT3M
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,174,126 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Billy Grist (A Satire) Kindle Edition
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This is a SATIRE. You must know that going in. And you must realize some things may offend mainstream audiences--just the usual that get under folks' skins--religion, race, and an undercurrent of politics. But what is dark comedy without poking fun at sensitive subjects? Besides, all the holy rollers can at least relax on one thing: there are no sex scenes. Violence, but no sex. That should balance out what usually offends the masses.
If you check my book review history, you'll see that daring qualities always bump a book up for me. Originality too. Making me laugh aloud = A+. I found all that in Billy Grist. It's easily between 4 and 5 stars for originality, writing style, dark humor, pacing, unpredictability, and daring content.
With all that, why is it not an automatic 5-star? Because in many ways for a satire to work for a particular reader, the reader needs to know what's being poked fun at. There is so much going on here; I didn't get all of it. The parts I followed, meaning I knew what was being made fun of, so I got the irony, were laugh out loud funny. The parts I didn't, I attribute to my own ignorance, but nonetheless accounts for why I can't really say I *loved* the story. Since I rate on a curve, my star value will not reflect that minute subtraction.
Before I end my review, I'd like to expand on a point. This is one passage that will illustrate in one swoop all the things I enjoyed about this outrageous book:
"...I encourage you to listen to me when assessing our mutual Creator and disregard the greater turkeys among you, the preachers that claim the Almighty One cares about all living things. These clowns are just trying to secure a tithe from you by playing off your fear that sooner than later you'll be deader than Bing Crosby. Trust me. They don't understand nature of the Man, for if your Pope, rabbis, mullahs, monks, and murdering Wompahs had the slightest knowledge of the Almighty One, they would start their every prayer with: 'Our Father who art in heaven, WHAT THE [Beep] DO YOU THINK YOU ARE DOING?'"
Ha! I found this quite funny. If you did too, this might be the book for you.
I have read all the books written by this author and enjoyed them all. Different from most mainsteam novels, but very well written, I will continue to look for any new books by him.
Not a good book to send you to sleep, as the story is complicated and multi-layered. You need your wits about you, particularly if you want to appreciate the many thinly and not so thinly veiled references. I will be buying his other books in the hope that they are of the same quality.
I'm not sure that the author is doing himself any favours with his Nom de Plume as the humour in the book is far more sophisticated than the name would imply and could be putting people off.