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The Crime Studio (Beerlight #1)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  101 ratings  ·  9 reviews
The gleeful noir mayhem continues in slacker satirist Steve Aylett's collection The Crime Studio (actually his first book, but released in America after Slaughtermatic, Toxicology, and Atom). The writing in The Crime Studio is slightly less fevered than we're used to from Aylett, and the hyper-Chandlerian metaphors aren't pushed so far that they're humorous for the wrong r...more
Published September 1st 2001 by Four Walls Eight Windows (first published June 1st 1994)
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Dan Schwent
The Crime Studio is a collection of absurd and hilarious crime stories set in the city of Beerlight.

How does one go about reviewing a collection of short stories, most of which are four pages long or less? Should I talk about Brute Parker, the owner of an all night gun shop? Or Billy Panacea, ace burglar? Or Tony Endless, the pet thief? Or the mayor, Charlie Hiatus? Or the rotund police chief, Henry Blince? Or sleazy lawyer, Harpoon Spector? Eh, I'll just compare it to P.G. Wodehouse and be on m...more
I'm not sure what I can say about this book -- it's weird and funny, with quotable lines on every page, and I wanted to read it again the second I finished it. In fact, I might just do that . . .

This is a collection of interrelated stories about the citizens of Beerlight, where apparently everyone is a criminal -- although criminal aptitude varies, of course. There is a running theme of . . . I want to say joy . . . in these stories. As often as not, these burglars and con artists have become wh...more
Aylett in his more accessible debut before absurd plots, non sequiturs, and psychedelic rants took over for better or for worse(better in my opinion) Kind of O’Henry stories set in Beerland (a cartoonish, ultra violent Bertolt Brecht meets Damyon Runyan vision of America) and shredded by his satirical and anarchic wit. Sallis describes it as “The Marx Brothers filming Crime and Punishment in a single drunken afternoon”, at its best it matches that wonderful description. Fans of surrealism, Boris...more
Probably closer to four and a half stars than five, but closer to five stars than four, if you follow me. This book affects my brain every time I read it. Great crime weirdness.

"And when the pen priest told them the walls of hell were four thousand miles thick, they began at once to formulate a plan for breaking in."
Lea and Dan recommended this. A strange collection of very short stories about an imaginary town called Beerlight and its colorful characters. Great character names, and the police chief is hilarious because he keeps eating the evidence: donuts, pizza, etc. My favorite story was Like Hell You Are, where the main character John Stoop was so unremarkable that nobody could remember who he is. My biggest question is how did Steve Aylett know when this book was finished. 3.75 stars.
Donald Armfield
A Great book, enjoyed every page.

Laugh out loud, bank robbing, gang affiliations, or being locked in the slammer... Aylett hits it on the head with his surrealism in a Tarantino way.
Where have you been all my life, Steve Aylett?
Aylett's most accessible book.
Kim Aldis
Wierd, strange, very funny.
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Steve Aylett (b. 1967) is a satirical science fiction and slipstream author of several bizarro books. He is renowned for his colorful satire attacking the manipulations of authority, and for having reams of amusing epigrams and non-sequiturs only tangentially related to what little plot the books possess.

Aylett left school at age 17 and worked in a book warehouse, and later in law publishing.

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