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Candy and Cigarettes

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  26 ratings  ·  11 reviews
In the face of revenge, innocence is meaningless.

Death is omnipresent to small-town loner Lloyd Bizbang. Today proves no exception. After being attacked yet again by a pair of sociopaths who have targeted him since childhood, Lloyd stumbles upon a sight he wishes he could unsee in the town junkyard. Now as he just tries to live through another day, the bodies are stacking
Kindle Edition, 88 pages
Published (first published July 15th 2011)
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George Billions
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This novella is a quick read that immediately grabs you by the throat, shakes you around, and doesn't let go until it's done. I couldn't put it down. It revolves around a pair of vicious brothers on a crime spree, a drug-addicted cop, and those caught in their wake. One dude, Lloyd Bizbang, takes the brunt of their fallout. As in Love You to a Pulp, DeWildt paints a solid backstory for the beautifully damaged Lloyd. Life has been sticking it to him since he was little, and it's about to get wors ...more
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A while back I read a great book by CS DeWildt (Love You to a Pulp)and I loved it so much I thought I would try out one of his earlier novels and I am really glad I made that decision. Candy and Cigarettes is as good as its successor is and I loved everything about it.

This offering from DeWildt is a short novella but it packs a punch equal to some longer works of other authors. It centers on Lloyd Bizbang, who has been tormented throughout his life because he was present at his younger sister’s
Christopher Irvin
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
C.S. DeWildt has a bead on small details and setting. I had the pleasure of reading DeWildt’s gritty short story, “Watch Dog Crew” on Shotgun Honey last November and was impressed with his quick development of character and wonderful (in the darkest sense) use of language. When I saw DeWildt had new novella out, I had to pick it up.

As you can expect from the cover and the blurb, Candy and Cigarettes is a very dark tale. You’ll get a good idea of what to expect when – not if – you head over to Sh
Chris Rhatigan
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I owned a bookstore, I'd put it in the weird rural noir section. (I don't know if there would be any other books with it.) This is more a serious of perfectly sketched vignettes (rather than a novella) that orbit around the jagged story of Lloyd Bizbang. Dude can't seem to ever catch a break and has become the target of a couple of moronic psychos. But there are so many delightful tangents about life in this swirling-the-drain town. The one that sticks out to me most is about two drug-addled ...more
Rory Costello
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is no parallel for the distinctively skewed work of C.S. Dewildt. Nobody comes at stories from the same angle as this guy. The only point of comparison I have is the 1980s movie "Repo Man", which also came out of left field and shares a degree of the same odd humor.

If you read this and Dewildt's collection of stories, "Dead Animals", you will see some common themes. Perhaps the most central is this...Dewildt is fascinated by what society/the world casts off: people, possessions, matter bot
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Gritty and brutal crime novella with an impressive collection of psychopaths including a terminally ill small-town Chief of Police who does more damage than all the criminals combined. Great use of multiple POVs, all in close-third, and all distinct. Nary an uplifting word, so be prepared for the death march.
Douglas Cronk
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A day in the life of Lloyd Bizbang. A demented ride with CS DeWildt, but well worth the trip.
David Flinn
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of Kem Nunn
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Reread this today and had to redo the review (rating stayed the same).

CS DeWildt is a badass in the world of depravity, and the lost-in-life, and the outcasts that he sets his stories in. His characters are always realistic in a way that's borderline frightening to know these people can (and do) exist in your everyday world. These aren't the people that movies are made up of; these are the people that, odds are, you know in real life. Or maybe I just need to reevaluate some of my friendships . .
Freda Mans-Labianca
This novella was pretty gritty, dark and at moments scary. All kinds of wonderful to me.
However, I feel like it bounced around a lot. Maybe a little too much.
If the story just flowed from beginning, to the middle and then the end, it would have been a little more enjoyable.
So cool aspects, and an interesting plot, but not so well laid out for me.
This is definitely a story I would like to hear other peoples' opinions on it.
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anybody who grew up in a small or mid-sized suburbia will be able to visualize this story! Very intriguing and though provoking... You feel for the characters, some you feel contempt, others sympathy. At the same time you're trying to figure out what's going on! Even if no beatings or murders happened in your own town, everybody had a bully and a bully target or a legend. This is a story you can feel. LOVE it.
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fast and brutal. Literally, this short book wastes no time. It starts out brutal, keeps brutal through the middle, and finishes brutal. Whatever you want to call it: gritty,'s all still words for brutal and this short book beats on you as a reader constantly. That may not sound like a good thing, but it is.
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