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Taboogasm Paperback – July 21, 2016
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This was my first book by Gregor Xane. Months ago, I noticed a goodreads friends rate and review this book. I thought the cover looked interesting, so I decided to add it to my “to-read” pile. I had some Christmas money left over, and it seemed like the perfect time to give a new author a try.
This is an interesting little novella. It's quite perverse and vulgar. I know this is an odd statement, but please don't think I am using the words “perverse” or “vulgar” in a bad way. A little “vulgar” in my reading experience has never harmed a rating as long as the author wasn't solely doing it for “shock value”. Does the “vulgar” happen to make me laugh or smile in the process of reading? If yes, I think that's a testament to the author's good writing. And yes, I chuckled and smiled through this book.
There were only two things that had me struggling with the rating:
1) It seemed odd to me how Bill (the main character) accepted his odd predicament with such ease. Then again, you get the impression that Bill is just that type of guy, and as the reader, you accept the “oddness” right with him.
2) I wasn't happy with the ending. I wanted to know more about this perverse little universe, and I thought the story could have continued.
In summation, I will be interested to read Gregor Xane's other works.
It just started pouring.
If you have ever read any of Mr. Xane’s work then you know he is one hell of a writer and has a real talent for the strange and wonderfully bizarre.
I couldn’t begin to explain this one.
You will just need to read it for yourself.
You won’t regret it.
The most important thing about this book is that it made me laugh, often inappropriately. That probably says a lot about my personality, but you won’t figure that out unless you read this book. Sometimes I was laughing because the situation was sad and true, so therefore a little funny. Sometimes I was laughing because you just can’t simply read those taboos without laughing, sometimes uncomfortably. Gregor Xane manages to poke fun at a lot of taboos in this book. There’s plenty of dwarf humor, jibes at pregnancy, and also inappropriate use of puppets shaped liked aliens. Yeah, I’ll just let you stew on that.
Much of the book takes place in a mansion that is really a spaceship. Bill and Miss Plumpkin are the only two humans in this mansion that’s on a voyage to a far off alien world. Jake, the alien who masterminded this, was the last of a site-seeing group that crashed on Earth a few decades ago. The mansion is staffed with robots who impersonate their human counterparts. Reno is the chief among these, explaining things to the humans and keeping the staff in order. Since Bill is stuck in space for a great length of time, he falls into a ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ episode and becomes even more wretched than he was on Earth. Yet, even here, there is humor. It’s often limp, vulgar, and encrusted in stale vomit, but it’s there. Once our ‘hero’ comes out of this sodden episode, the humor returns with more dwarf jokes and some unexpected comfort bots.
There’s no one character that I could consistently root for in this book, but it was a very, very interesting fiction. I’m OK with it lacking a hero and a definite villain as this made the story interesting. I never knew where it was going and I was little sad when it ended. While I did sometimes suffer from crude humor fatigue, I kept coming back to it. Reading this book was like watching several natural disasters, one after the other. Fascinating, scary, and filled with nervous laughter.
I read this book through the Kindle Unlimited program.
The Illustrations: Mike Tenebrae was responsible for the cover and several illustrations in the book, which are also part of the Kindle ebook edition. Of course, the cover drew me right to this book. I was rooting for the killer whale from the start. However, I feel that Tenebrae’s illustrations within the story are the better ones. They are a bit more detailed and sometimes there are naughty bits. I also appreciate his attention to facial expressions that reflect the book scene he’s captured so well.