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Poet Warrior, on the nod, delivers the goods Blighted by a fractured family and a serious case of generalized hate, the directionless Gen-Xer, Luke, begins a seemingly inevitable descent into serious drug addiction against the background of the early s It's far too long, structurally inept, filled with sketches instead of characters, too much preachy dialogue, gratuitous violence and dull sex - and yet there's an awesome energy here that just keeps pulling you in.

That energy, I suspect, is the author's earnestness. His deep passion, his violent need to tell this tale, is palpable on every page. It's as though he's locked behind the wheel of the V8 T-Bird that is his burgeoning talent but he doesn't quite yet know how to drive: But a novel requires more than desire.


There's a vast amount of coolheaded craftsmanship that goes into turning even the most amazing real or imagined experiences into a piece of literary art. Don't get me wrong.

There are flashes of the real thing here: I am alive and I am in love. But the whole thing needs a more disciplined approach to dramatic structure, characterization, and much more thoughtful poetics.

The voice wears thin too early. Pathos too often turns to bathos. I'd cut every second chapter. Sounds crazy, I know. But go read Ryu Murakami's "Almost Transparent Blue" and see how much can be done with the same kind of characters trapped in the same kind of nightmare in little more than a hundred pages. The difference is that Murakami knows precisely what he's aiming for.

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He could state it in a sentence. He picks his moments and his central metaphor accordingly. Dark, disturbing, but engaging till about half way in. After that, I found myself losing patience with the main character, Luke. It's hard to stay engaged in a story with a character that inspires very little sympathy.

After the midway point in the book, I just couldn't shake the feeling that the book became a contrived experiment in Dark Literature. Somehow the author tricked me into wasting hours of my life on a book that took me down violent paths full of not-even-very-inventive gratuitous casual sex.


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