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A Town Called Disdain by Dan Leo


A sprawling fantastic tale of the ’60s, supposedly written by “legendary” B-movie director Larry Winchester.

Note: A Town Called Disdain contains some graphic violence.

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Listed: Sep 23, 2008


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It’s a Freaky, Psychedelic World

By Jim Zoetewey, editor, author of The Legion of Nothing

Oct 8, 2008: Supposedly written by a famous director who needed money, "A Town Called Disdain" reminds me a little of Kurt Vonnegut’s work, a little of the Illuminatus Trilogy, and just a bit of a book called "Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede."

It short, it’s a story in which the casually weird and the quirky appear regularly, accompanied by sex, drugs, and rock and roll.

The cast of characters includes a cowardly rancher, a well-educated motorcycle gang leader, a Vietnam veteran experiencing his first day home, secret agents, aliens and the various local residents of Disdain.

Did I mention that it’s funny? I should have.

I also feel like I should take a stab at critiquing the plot and the writing style, but I’m not sure what to say.

When reading it, I was into the story enough that I didn’t think about how it was being told at all.

For what it’s worth though, the story’s told mostly from a third person perspective but switches to first on occasion. More often than not, the first person sections turn out to be flashbacks.

As for the plot, I’m not far enough into the story to tell you what the plot is yet.

I’m looking forward to reading the rest though.

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Tarantino meets Thom McGuane meets Ed Woods?

By Team2012, author of Mayan Calendar Girls

Oct 6, 2009: This is just terriffic, one of the very coolest novels online.

It’s a good story, to start with, but that gets lost in the fog of the sheer volume of creative work on line.

No risk of that with "Disdain", though. Oh, no. Each chapter starts off with a way cool picture from a classic B&W film (the kind that Larry Winchester, the putative author of "Disdain", might have wished he [more . . .]

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A Town Called Disdain

By Lily Kane, member

Sep 29, 2008: Starting in 1969, “A Town Called Disdain” unfolds in the New Mexican desert, not far from where the US government conducted nuclear tests. The after-effects show up in some of the local characters, and sometimes in the landscape. Presented as a novel by Larry Winchester, a purported 60s B-movie screenwriter, the action ranges from wild west good guys (and gals) vs. bad ones, intergalactic aliens disguised as movie stars of the time, a roving gang of psycho-motorcycle killers, and the dashing couple, Dick and Daphne Ridpath.

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There should be a sixth star…

By Linton Robinson, member

Oct 7, 2009: ..for works of this . . . "magnitude"?  . . . "scope"?  . . . "unfreakingbelievability"?

It’s hard to articulate the impact of this serial (which comes in a packet of several more excellent and formatically mind-blowing serials, by the way). It just goes so far beyond what the others are doing.

I won’t bother listing what others have noted here (the bio and studies of the films of the fictional author, the pictures and videos, etc.) Suffice it to [more . . .]

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