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Spaceman Blues by Brian Francis Slattery
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Nov 05, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: poetry, scifi, generallit

Calling this a science fiction novel is to do it very little justice.

This book a fever dream song set to a Latin rhythm. Slattery's words pour off the page and dance around to Cumbia, merengue and Nina Simone singing 'Sinnerman'. You won't so much read this as hear it playing in your head.

The book revolves around one mans mission to find his lost lover but is really a journey through several love affairs in a New York that is somewhere between Ezra Jack Keats and Robert Crumb.

The main character, Wendell, functions as both a focus and a conductor. He moves through the poetry of the story encountering people and showing us a bit of their lives and loves. It is the loves that the book really focuses on. Through out the book we encounter people who have lost loves and found hate in its place, unrequited love, bonds of friendship that have become love and the love affair between New York and its denizens.

The plot / beat that drives the book / song is simple. Wendell's lover has gone missing and it may or may not have to do with Aliens. I won't spoil the surprises the book has to offer. There is a payoff at the end but it really is secondary to everything else that goes on.

This book is Beat Sci Fi. The kind of story read in smoky New York Cafe's. It's a genre all its own and a real hidden treasure for anyone who has ever felt like dancing.

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Reading Progress

Started Reading
November 1, 2007 – Finished Reading
November 5, 2007 – Shelved
November 28, 2007 – Shelved as: poetry
November 28, 2007 – Shelved as: scifi
November 28, 2007 – Shelved as: generallit

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