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Coming Soon!!! by John Barth
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Hee-haw! This p-novel was a rootin-tootin' pain-in-tha-bummie and no mistake!!! Johnnie Barth, PoMo Prince, writer of those-long-ASSED-novels ya don't wanna read, sends himself up in this excrutiating and entertaining ROMP!

The book is Barth's (the AULD duffa)'s attempt to comment on the rise of the e-novel, the hypertext generation and where the novel stands in relation to online FIC!!! Johns Hopkins Johnson (JHJ) (based on tha university where he sure as hell once-did-and-does-still dirn work) is the young e-novelist, who also happens (no coincidence, shugga) to be workin' on the revamped seafaring theater where JB based his debut 1950s novel, The Floating Opera!

Johnny B pits himself against the upstart to write a novel called COMING SOON!!! (three exclamation marks at all times, shugga) before the Y2K meltdown. There's antics a-go-go as JHJ gits friendly with Sherry "those eyes those eyes" McAndrews (the ship's theatre director) and the whole wacky-batty-pogoing-mad crew!

But the novel's more a comment-and-then-some on Barth's career and his obsession with this wholehere Floating Opera thingie. And why he likes basin' so muchof his works thereabouts or therearounds the dirn sea!!!! Whattaguy!!

If this review his irritated you, this ain't the novel for you, sweetie. This be the style (albeit funnier, smarter and more informativier, ha-ho-ha!!!). Fans of Barth will ROMPIN' WELL LOVE IT! Others read THE SOT-WEED FACTOR!

COMING SOON!!!???? I don't think so!!!!
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Nathan "N.R." Gaddis Oh. Forgot you read this one. Sorry 'bout that.


message 2: by MJ (new) - rated it 3 stars

MJ Nicholls I was sorry too.


message 3: by Miriam (new)

Miriam This review does indeed irritate me. Thanks!


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