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Last Burn in Hell

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  29 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Kenrick Brimley, the state prison's official gigolo, hangs over a lava pit on trial for his life in a strange land. He will reveal the course of his life one misguided step at a time for his captors. From his romance with serial arsonist Leena Manasseh to his lurid angst-affair with a lesbian music diva, from his ascendance as unlikely pop icon to otherworldly encounters, ...more
Paperback, 172 pages
Published April 30th 2005 by Raw Dog Screaming Press (first published April 12th 2005)
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Jun 16, 2008 Jordan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: bizarro fans
You know those crime movies you stumble upon late at night? The ones that were made (you assume) somewhere in the late 1990s? There's lots of action, backstabbing, double crossing, and sex? It's the movies that usually star some B actors you see everywhere but can't name. You know the type. The ones that aren't art films or heavy-handed attempts at making a "serious" film but rather fun crime romps through the desert, through Mexico, in and out of dangerous situations? Sexy women, strong men, st ...more
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Sep 21, 2013 Jason Miller rated it it was amazing
Innovative. Weird. Captivating. In this experimental novel, John Edward Lawson gives us an anti-hero in Kenrick Brimley. With smart dialog, dark humor, and a unique concept, Last Burn in Hell definitely stays with you after the first read.
Mar 22, 2008 Screamingbutterfly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of bizarro and sci-fi
A decent debut novel... errr movie... by John Edward Lawson that will be sure to entertain you along the way. Lots of interesting characters who all have something to hide.

But I wasn't completely satisfied.

The novel progresses in a linear fashion until the end when we get a flashback, leaving you in the dark about the details of the narrators past until the very end. When things finally get revealed, I still felt in the dark about some things, especially Leena's motives.

The novel lacks the bru
May 30, 2009 Shane rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2009
So this is one of those books where you say, it wasn't at all what I expected but then you can't really remember what you expected. It was strange and the first chapter or so was really surreal and hard to follow but eventually it evened out.

I can't say the story's plot was all that exciting but it was a fairly enjoyable read. I liked the rap parts, they were hilarious and all the pop culture references. The swiming thing was kind of strange. I couldn't tell if it was there because the author wa
Oct 21, 2008 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: bizarros, fans of vonnegut
A hilarious tongue-in-cheek (or maybe teeth?) escapade that escalates to riotous proportions. The improbable happens and even if you don't believe it, Lawson will make you want to.

Note: I edited this book.
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John Edward Lawson has published novels, collections, and hundreds of works in anthologies, magazines, newspapers, and literary journals worldwide. He is a winner of the Fiction International Emerging Writers Competition, and has been a finalist for both the Stoker Award (2007, poetry) and the Wonderland Award (2008, collected fiction). Other nominations include two for the the Dwarf Stars Award, ...more
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