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Slob Paperback – December 1, 1987
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover,"" illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Pre-order today
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The other annoyance was the thin plot. Essentially, half the book is spent introducing Chaingang's superhero-like villany, this once-in-a-century type of killer elite; the other is a rather laughable love affair between alcoholic detective Eichord and the wife of one of Chaingang's first Chicago victims. It's all rather absurd.
The Chaingang parts are good, and I wish the entire novel had been built around him, instead of married with the rather bland Eichord. But worse, Chaingang has been built up as this killing machine and details every detail of every detail of every ambush and kill. He selects the times, dates and ways in which he kills his victims, and leaves nothing to chance. So then, completely out of character, Chaingang reads a newspaper article about Eichord hunting him, and what does he do? He kidnaps Eichord's love interest and her daughter, and has Eichord come to him. It's completely out of character for Chaingang. And obviously, Eichord is able to shoot him multiple time and saves the day.
Worse, the "detective" work Eichord does to hunt down Chaingang was done in a rather juvenile, connect-the-dots way. He has no leads on Chaingang. He then gets a partial print. The print doesn't match. So he calls in a favor, which gives him Chaingang's name. At the same time, his girlfriend sees Chaingang crawling into a sewer and tells Eichord about it. So Eichord then goes to the manhole and blah blah blah.
Like I said, it's a fun read, and Chaingang is a great villain, but the rest of the book lacks... well, common sense.
It's still amazing.
Daniel "Chaingang" Bunkowski is a killer. He wasn't born a killer - he was made one. And his makers did a darned good job. He kills simply because he likes to. He's over five hundred pounds of muscle and evil and he's on a spree - just for the fun of it.
Rex Miller was one of the founding fathers of Splatterpunk and this book helped to launch a subgenre that was visceral, shocking, and utterly compelling. The book is pure violence and gore, but it's sustained by great characters an powerful storytelling.
A whole generation of authors still aspire to be king of this sub-genre. They slap gore on a page and upload it into an eBook for sale. Frankly, they need to sit down and read Rex Miller first and learn from a true Splatterpunk master.
Make no mistake - if you like your horror soft, this book is not for you. This is graphic. Chaingang likes to kill, rape, and even dine on his victims and Miller takes you through every slice, dice, and thrust.
Rex Miller may no longer be with us, but it's good to know that his very powerful and genre-changing fiction will live on.
Recommended only for those who can read graphic violence without flinching.
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