Crooked Little Vein has become one of my guilty pleasures, and thankfully I found the book at a good price in a used bookstore. For as many times as t...moreCrooked Little Vein has become one of my guilty pleasures, and thankfully I found the book at a good price in a used bookstore. For as many times as the book made me grin, laugh, or just shake my head there were times I felt like I should feel slightly ashamed reading the story.
The sound bite description of the plot is this. PI Mike McGill is hired by the President’s Chief of Staff to find a long lost (about 50 year lost) book that is the secret constitution of the U.S. By reading this book at large gatherings the government plans to reset U.S. morals and practices to where they were in the 1950s.
To say the least, down on his fortunes McGill starts out happy to take the ½ million dollars and the assignment. In meeting traveling companion Trixie he begins a journey through the American sexual underground, and the same time the question is raised, what is mainstream in an era where you can find just about everything on the ‘net.
It is not a piece of great writing. Truthfully, author Warren Ellis, much better known for his graphic novels, appeared to have strung together a series of his internet articles and items he and others, whom he acknowledges in an afterward, have found on the net.
But, I had lots of fun reading this light 276-page novel. And, there is something to be said for posing questions such as, what is Mainstream? Would you give the government a mind control device (in this case the book), and is information a WMD (in essence and not in the way you might think after reading this review). (less)
I had higher hopes for this tale of two slaves who escape their owner and join Benjamin Franklin extended household. The introduction of super powers,...moreI had higher hopes for this tale of two slaves who escape their owner and join Benjamin Franklin extended household. The introduction of super powers, or that the afro-centrism that is introduced to the characters does not ring true to my reading.(less)