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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 130 x 190mm
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552102229
  • 9780552102223

Review Text

Another compendium of sci-fi, horror-erotica, and general culture-snuffing by America's richest ex-junkie. Familiar albeit new is "The Lemon Kid" who puts the whammy on show-biz folk; "Johnny 23" that offs hostile vibes (and unfortunately people) via "virus replication outside the body"; Bently the kiss of death; scientologists galore; the Purple Better One ("a friend to all good Darkies everywhere"); pictures that cause visual stigmata by visual power; plus endless sodomistic adolescents, sadistic cops, doped-out freaks - skeletons of ten movies Burroughs will only give stage directions for. He may be our only writer whose socio-political apocalyptica transcend both paranoia and triviality; his imagination is superb, his ear savagely satiric, but something is missing...missing...the parts are better than the whole...we need the novel Burroughs is never going to write. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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2,141 ratings
3.78 out of 5 stars
5 25% (543)
4 38% (823)
3 28% (600)
2 6% (129)
1 2% (46)
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