God Jr. is the story of Jim, a father who survived the car crash that killed his teenage son Tommy. Tommy was distant, transfixe ...more
Reference: http://gameological.com/2012/05/…morePretty much, yeah. Cooper even says that--"[It] was heavily based on Banjo-Kazooie and it's sequel, Tooie."
One of those novels I liked, but I’m not quite sure why. One of those stories that reveals itself slowly, painfully, and with a buzz on. One of those stories.
I’m going to read or reread some of the reviews from people on my lists and see if I can put it together. And if I can, maybe, perhaps, like God, Jr., I’ll tell you …sorta. Maybe. (This is where you pause in reading this review to simulate the time I spent reading other reviews)
This one came to my attention via J N-M’s review. Whether you...more
God Jr. does not contain graphic and gratuitous violence and sex and as such is apparently the most unusual book Dennis Cooper has written. This is the first and, so far, only of his books I've read, but several fellow readers are big fans and I've gleaned what I know about his work through their reviews. Instead of having a cast of gay characters engaged in scene after scene of violent sex and death, we have a presumably straight father quietly loose ...more
Somehow this little book , or one section of it at least, made me feel ickier than Cooper’s books dealing explicitly with extreme sexual violence. What made me feel icky here was the long chapter that took place mostly within an inane video game. The main character, the father whose recent life has been consumed by guilt for being responsible for the death of his son, is a pot head making ill-guided efforts at reconnecting with his dead son. One of these efforts is ...more
(2007)Answers the question, "what w ...more
And of course, this is, in a sense, perfectly true.
Every book by Cooper is seemingly a matter of life ...more
I think it's interesting that Cooper wrote a narrator who's a complete asshole and doesn't want to change. Combined with the dark premise and the downward trajectory of fortune our characters face, God Jr could be a farce if it weren't played so straight. God Jr is a vignette of a person who has gone past "fucked" a long time ago and stopped caring about whether he's fucked or not.
A man is paralyzed from the waist down in a car crash that kills his ...more
It's not that it's a great book by any means, it's that it's unique, which is difficult for a book to be in a post-postmodern world. It makes people want to talk, and I don't really consider the reading process over until ...more
This is my first Dennis Cooper, and I only heard of him because he was mentioned as an influence behind Pig Destroyer lyrics. Had to find out why, and I guess some of the author's more well-known forays into violence would fill out that particular grindcore image ...more
A lonely and damaged father tries to find meaning in his son’s premature accidental death by playing his favourite video game - from the son’s last save-point. Multiple narratives of self-loathing and distrust for the father’s new reality emerge, as his continued drug use and obsessive metaphorical explanations for in-game occurrences bleed into real world interactions. This spirals an ongoing mental unravelling that sees the fat ...more
What we're left with is an interesting exploration of grief that feels like it's missing something the whole time. Every page I was waiting f ...more
A bummer, nevertheless, along the mournful, angsty lines of MY LOOSE THREAD. A boy dies from a car accident. The dad resorts first to building an impossible, grandiloquent tower as a memorial. When this is revealed to be a hopeless non sequitur, literally everything falling apart around him, he seeks resolution in a cute video game.
Plenty of cooper’s characteristic black humor suffused with war ...more