South of the Pumphouse, Paperback Book
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As a first novel I thought this was wonderful. I have been a fan of Les Claypool's music and lyrics for a very long time and I couldn't wait to read his book. The style is musical, the sentences sonorous. It is a book to be read out loud as it is filled with sounds and onomatopoeia. The storyline is somehow more realist than I expected and the characters are bordering the stereotypical. But of course archetypes and stereotypes help with visualizing unfamiliar characters, and if addressed correctly, using stereotypes is a form of satire and critique of society. Claypool succeeded in this critique...just as in his songs.I was thrilled with the roller-coaster of emotions, the drug-induced narration, and ended up rooting for the fish!Hopefully he will produce another oeuvre that is as artistic and dark as this one. We need a new Hunter Thompson anyway don't we?

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