- Paperback: 542 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 11, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1440473188
- ISBN-13: 978-1440473180
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.4 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,654,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Born in a tragically small town in Illinois, the author spent his earliest years larking about believing himself to be a dog. After a while, his family realized he would have to go to school if they expected him to be housebroken. Enrollement in a succession of parochial, public and private schools followed, none provided a cure. Though he is no longer a dog, he is still not broken.
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- funny novels, mostly American;
- satiric novels, British and American;
- action novels, across the universe; and
- serious social criticism, across the universe, though often expressed covertly in Eastern Europe and elsewhere.
I think Edison Blake's The Original Artificial Stud hits all the bullets here and even adds a new ray weapon called a TAC-gun.
There is a pretty tightly plotted story at the core of this novel which is enriched at times by a series of "Chew-Pak Tales," individual stories that reflect on the plot, characters, themes or the narrator's whims. These tales have nothing in common with the inane "Bazooka Joe" comics wrapped around the bubble gum of our youth except as a superior homage. Somewhere, there may be a bright TV producer who will rip off every tale for the content of a new TV series which will be an effort to copy Rod Serling's original "Twilight Zone" series.
The core story is the tale of two well-educated young folks trying to survive in a society where the rich are very rich and every else is always one step from poverty except for the 7 out of 10 people who do live in poverty. Of course, a few folks have a comfortable upper middle class existence: dealers and popular music successes (with a top-of-the-charts lifetime of about 6 months).
Blake shows lived experience in the civic construction business (he worked as a finishing carpenter), the popular music scene (musician, composer, bandleader), computers as an aid and a menace to society (computer consultant) and surviving as an independent political thinker in Chicago, home of "The Boss," both I and II. His humor is reminiscent of Laurence Sterne's "Tristram Shandy," earthy and familiar. Some of his characters resemble Kafka's; two resemble Hollywood superheroes.
Give it a try; there is a real bang at the end.
_____Dr. Bob Blackwood, Wright College