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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.
Taboogasm (2016) is writer Gregor Xane’s hilarious mishmash and parody of multiple fiction genres. With Bill as the story’s narrator, the tale has the feel and rhythm of a hard-boiled detective/mystery novel as Bill penetrates the inner circle of an alien invasion of earth, making discovery after discovery, his life often at peril as he witnesses one fantastic event after another. There are orgies, exploding human beings, and robots that look identical to the humans they have replaced. As the aliens (Jake is not alone) look for a way to return to their home planet, there are enemies who wish to stop them.
Taboogasm is the kind of creative, off-beat, twisted, and often mirthful writing readers have come to expect from Xane’s short stories. Macho male adventure stories with large bosomed and bed-ready women at the beck and call of the hero get lampooned in the book. So do conspiracy theories (including Roswell and Area 51), celebrity status and behavior, today’s society (especially sex, alcohol, and movies), alien invasions, and science fiction adventures in outer space—all told in classic (well, almost) noir style. Complete with amusing, complementary, in-synch illustrations by Mike Tenebre (look carefully—that isn’t exactly E.T. on the cover about to bicycle in front of the moon), readers turn every page of Taboogasm in delightful anticipation of what awaits them next.
Xane’s characters’ dialogue is sharp and wry (and often littered with “f” bombs) and the narrative speeds along at a fast, breath-taking pace. Nothing in the book, like most of Xane’s writing, is anything the author takes too seriously— except for Xane’s desire to entertain his reader—which he always does in a consistent, reliable manner.
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.