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The Double: An Investigation

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Well, it turns out the corpse just looks like John Reynman. But why go to the trouble? And who would do such a thing anyway? These questions take Reynman from Austin to Amarillo and beyond, into deeper mysteries in this fascinating book.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published July 24th 2008 by St. Martin's Press (first published October 1998)
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Michael
This is a tough book for me to review for several personal reasons. First, Don Webb is both my friend and Teacher. Second, I recently asked for his feedback on a draft of my own first novel, a novel I must admit was influenced by reading this book. Third, I didn’t really enjoy reading this book, nor do I enjoy most of Don’s fiction.

That probably sounds rather contradictory, especially in this goodreads realm of reviews which are either uniformly positive or uniformly negative. How can I respect
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Don Webb teaches High School English in a reform school in rural Texas by day, Creative Writing for UCLA Extension by night. He has a had a mystery series at St. Martin's Press, a series of books on contemporary and Late Antique magical practice from Runa Raven Press, and more than 300 published short stories of SF/F/H. His work has been translated into 11 languages.
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“John had written that normal fantasy ("normal" in the T.S. Kuhn sense) was written for the moderately educated class from suffering ennui. It was for folks stuck doing dull, repetitive work, growing old while not getting laid half often or variously enough, watching other, less deserving people (the privileged and the crooks) scoop up your share of fun. So then the fantasy generates the exciting world where you're given a heroic purpose and an opportunity to use those very powers you have suspected that you had but never have been able to locate and use, except in destructive ways when shit-faced.” 0 likes
“John had written that normal fantasy ("normal" in the T.S. Kuhn sense) was written for the moderately educated class suffering from ennui. It was for folks stuck doing dull, repetitive work, growing old while not getting laid half often or variously enough, watching other, less deserving people (the privileged and the crooks) scoop up your share of fun. So then the fantasy generates the exciting world where you're given a heroic purpose and an opportunity to use those very powers you have suspected that you had but never have been able to locate and use, except in destructive ways when shit-faced.” 0 likes
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