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Crooked Little Vein by Warren Ellis
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Aug 19, 2012

really liked it

So, here's a few things to think about for a moment: Take a road-book like, say, "American Gods". Now, however, replace "Gods" with "Drugs and Sexual Proclivities". Now, filter this through a style inspired as much by underground comics as by Hunter S. Thompson. Add in what is actually a kinda sweet romantic story between post-gender sexual liberation on one side, and a boring guy on the other. Anyway, the barebones plot is that a down on his luck private detective is sent by the government to find the shadow constitution, a document written by the founder to...look, let's face facts, the dingus really doesn't matter in this book, and the twists and turns, while pleasant, aren't Ellis' best work - good fun, but really the best part of the story is watching the P.I. change his mind about the world and the Tomorrow-Morrow Land he's just learned tat he inhabits, while also arguing that there is a place for the bland, the slightly dull, and the quote-unquote normal.

WARNING - Not for the weak of heart. And if you read this book while you're trying to quit any addiction, you'll just be putting yourself through hell.

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