Re: RARA-AVIS: Boston Teran's third

From: Doug Bassett (
Date: 08 Jul 2004

--- wrote:
> In a message dated 7/7/04 3:41:47 AM,
> writes:
> << Have you read the Boston Teran yet? I liked GOD
> IS A
> BULLET. I heard his second novel didn't come up to
> par with it, but I haven't read it. >>
> what do you LIKE about this book? I picked it up
> when everybody was talking
> about it, it finally made its way to the top of my
> TBR. by page 26 I was so
> disenchanted with the man's self-conscious prose
> style I started skimming. I'm
> around page 50 something and think I'll put it down
> for good. it's not in
> the least bit involving, just seems to be a wallow
> in ugliness. if it doesn't
> get any better when I try it again tonight, I'm done
> with the guy.

I didn't like it either. Mr. Robinson has a spirited defense of it later down on this thread -- I only wish the actual book equalled such a superlative description.

I remember thinking it was so over-the-top as to be absolutely ridiculous. I reviewed it on another site and somebody described Teran as a "pretentious swearing person", which isn't a bad description, I think.

But each his own.


recently read: I got a couple of boxes of books out of storage and have been rereading things. Recently reread a bunch of Ross Thomas's work. My respect for the guy knows no bounds: he's one of my favorites in the genre. I especially liked (the second time around) MISSIONARY STEW, BRIARPATCH, OUT ON THE RIM, IF YOU CAN'T BE GOOD, and THE EIGHTH DWARF. There's a killer movie to be made of DWARF, somebody better get on it.

===== Doug Bassett

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