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Riding the Centipede by John Claude Smith
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it was amazing
Read 3 times. Last read November 19, 2015 to April 22, 2016.

Terrance Blake is the best man in his world and would be a good man in most worlds. Rudolf is a mutant villain without a shred of decency, but still disciplined and purposeful. They are on a collision course, and don't know it. Jane and Marlon Teagarden are only the twin rails that the story rolls along on, and only one of them is Riding the Centipede.
I get the sense that a lot of the actual journey was cut. The scenes of experience don't seem as protracted as they might be. And that may be for the best.
The setting and denouement are determinedly Burroughsian, though there's not as much of the old up and out and more of the Burgessian ultraviolence as Chernobyl performs his version of art. Though Jane Teagarden could use a little more fleshing-out of character, that would probably detract from the hold-your-breath movement of the narrative, which comes to an explosive climax.
Background-5;plotting-5;characters-4;style-5. Round up to 5.
Highly recommended.
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Reading Progress

Finished Reading (Paperback Edition)
Finished Reading
November 19, 2015 – Started Reading
November 19, 2015 – Shelved
March 3, 2016 –
3.0% "Intense noir opening. Powerful."
April 22, 2016 – Finished Reading
April 24, 2016 – Shelved (Paperback Edition)

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