Grundish and Askew
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Grundish and Askew is an unconventional 5-star novel that rules its own genre with tenacity and confidence. Nothing is off the table or taboo here. You’ll get language, violence, grossness (I think I just made that word up) and dysfunctional characters that will make your weird relations appear normal. Scary!
The craft of the good Reverend Carbuncle is on display in this book. The writing is tight, and the dialoge is natural. His characters are realized and rounded to a degree (and by...more
Imagine that John Steinbeck was forced to mainline a gallon of liquefied salvia divinorum while being strapped down to a chair made of ten penny nails, his eyelids propped open by the freshly-plucked rib bones of a small, rare mammal, all the subjected to watching Natural Born Killers for 24 hours straight, only to be released to his oaken writing desk and given a month to express his thoughts on the experienc...more
Grundish and Askew are soul mates and hetero life partners who haven’t been dealt the best hand but are determined to make the most of what they have. Askew is determined...more
If you like raunchiness, you will love G&A...
I read Lance Carbuncle's debut novel, Smashed, Squashed, Splattered, Chewed, Chunked and Spewed, even though it's not my usual choice of reading. I had many laughs with his riotous characters, so decided to get this second book, Grundish and Askew.
I found it to be equally as outrageous, and his tale quite original. Grundish and Askew are the quirkiest characters to come down the pike (via the trailer park stereotype) since Dumb and Dumber (Unrate...more
I didn't think it was possible, but Lance Carbuncle has managed to out-do himself. "Grundish and Askew" takes it's readers on an outrageous ride, follo...more
This book is definitely not for everyone but if you've got a strong stomach and you're not easily offended then this may very well be your type of book.
If there was one thing I would criticize, I would point to a short scene involving a couple of TV news anchors. A wink and a nod to the audience is one thing. Hell, even an internal monologue to the audience is traditional. I've even read a well written piece where a character...more
I don't know if Mr. Lance Carbuncle considers himself a "bizarro" author, but this book definitely fits into the best of that set. One of those few bizarro books that seems completely realistic, doesn't depend on jokes to sell itself and is - for all the sophomoric humor and gory violence - a serious story about serious people.
First off, this is NOT "Thelma and Louise" with men. That's what I thought at first ... but I was so far off-base it's not eve...more
The titular Grundish and Askew are a pair of...more
The two main characters are hilarious.
Grundish, a big ole hairy bear of a man, has been in and out of juvee/prison for most of his life, taking the heat for his best friend. Askew, aforementioned BF, is a short overwieght goofball who is famous for using big (incorrect) words to enhance his sentences, and avoiding jail time due to sheer luck and a sympatheic friend.
Enter Turleen, a one lunged second-hand-smoke breathing cooking machine; Alf the Sacred B...more
Grundish And Askew are an updated version of Lenny and George from Of Mice And Men. Instead of being retarded though Askew goes batshit crazy and that is when the book really kicks into high gear. The bond...more
While this book features some old friends from the author's previous book, "Grundish and Askew" is much darker. There is a lot more violence h...more
Carbuncle is back with a new cast of crazies on a new adventure of lunacy. Grundish and Askew are a match made in the trailer park, and while their lives appear directionless at first, with only...more
Lance Carbuncle, once again, delivers a story that begs to be devoured from its first page right through to its last, leaving you licking your fingers, smacking your lips, and waiting for another course.
Not only does Lance write a fun and fast paced adventure novel, he manages to educate us along the way. I am now c...more
This book does contain strong language, sexual situations and vivid descriptions of things most people would be happy not to have described.
Once I sat down and started to read Grundish and Askew it was hard to put down. The story is full of great characters and the plot was interesting and intriguing enough that I jus...more
This is the story of two friends who are trailer park losers. They are both sociopaths who have no real sympathy for people or other people's property. Grundish could probably make it okay in the world, but unfortunatel...more
Grundish and Askew are two pitiful losers. Nothing has gone right in their lives, except their own lifetime bond. They would kill for each other, or, under the right circumstances, kill each other.
When Askew beats a man to death, they must flee, bringing Askew'...more
What is Grundish & Askew? Well, the human body is quite grundish at times and definitely askew. After all, we all get sick, we all eventually get old and die (unless we’re crushed by a large object before it’s really time for us to go…and such events are, perhaps, uber-grundish). This book purports to be a buddy story, about two downtrodden fools, but I think it’s more of a meditation on all the fucked up shit that makes us physically tick. It’s reminding us that...more