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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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