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Smonk by Tom Franklin
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May 16, 12

Read on May 16, 2012

A couple of prefaces:

1) 2 stars because Tom Franklin can write, obviously. Excellent descriptions.

2) I am not, by any stretch, squeamish or prudish.

Having said that, I don't really know how to review this book without comparing it to similar experiences I've had with film.
I see a trailer or read reviews of a movie ... I'm intrigued.
I watch it ... a few minutes in and I feel like I've been completely duped.
There is promise here. A story which could be told well.
But for some reason the writer and/or director has decided to drown any storyline with gratuitous sex and violence.
Again, sometimes it's necessary in a story-- I get that.
Sometimes it seems just ... stupid.
And I'm left feeling like that movie maker thought the only way to pull a viewer (or in this case, a reader) in was the overuse of those tactics.

I'm always bummed when I run across a western I don't like...
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